‘Poetry of Divorce: for Women’ Hits the Ground Running

Poetry Of Divorce CoverToday, the new book by Tracey West, ‘Poetry of Divorce: for Women’ has launched in paperback and Kindle e-book, across the globe.

It is the product of the tricky divorce endured by the author, but by no means an embittered read.  She discovered that writing poetry was one of her coping mechanisms for getting through it, then she dived head first into a world of poetic fiction.

The end result is a 138 page book covering a wide range of divorce based situations, with an eye catching range of black and white photography to accompany every poem, also taken by the author.

Topics covered include filthy habits, leading up to leaving, solicitors, getting back into the saddle again, sex and other social experiments and new life.

The book is available in the UK, the US, throughout Europe, in Japan, even Australia and Tracey hopes it will go a long way towards encouraging women to pick up a pen and notepad to start writing out their dark days, rather than relying on less healthy solutions.

She isn’t afraid to admit she had depression and anxiety at times and sought medical assistance to help her get through it.  Tracey also hopes that her comfortable admission of this will entice others to stamp out the stigma that often goes with a confession of this sort.

‘There are lots of solutions available to help you get through the trauma of divorce and early separation and if you think you are suffering, your doctor is the best place to start’, Tracey explains.

For details of the contents and worldwide stockists, visit www.PoetryofDivorce.com and click on the Shop for the most up to date information.

– See more at: http://www.poetryofdivorce.com/news/133/26/Global-Poetry-of-Divorce-for-Women-Hits-the-Ground-Running

New book coming soon

A quick update… my new book Poetry of Divorce: for Women will be published by MagicOxygen on 8th April 2013! Check out the link for more info.

The Book of Rubbish Ideas is Now Available in Digital Format!

We are delighted to inform you that the printed Book of Rubbish Ideas (which completely sold out) is now available in digital format.

Whether you have a Kindle, a Sony E-reader, a Barnes and Noble Nook or almost any other device, it is almost certain to support ePub or Mobipocket format.

The original cover price of the paperback was £6.99, but you can buy the digital version for just £4, then download and start reading straight away.

Go to MagicOxygen.co.uk/tbori  to make your savvy eco-purchase, then make a nice cup of tea and go find a comfy chair!

Oh, and before I go, I am hard at work right now writing the follow up to TBORI… so if you know of a company or person I should feature in my next best seller, please get in touch.

Rubbishly yours,

Tracey x

P.S. If you buy the book and love it, please help me to spread the word via your social media. If you write a review, let me know and I will link to it and send you a free copy of the next version!

Save Money, Reduce Rubbish: Workshops with Tracey

Tracey Smith teaching bread making workshops at Lyme Regis, Dorset
Tracey puts the eco-into easy bread making with fabulous frugal recipes

The Book of Rubbish Ideas positively celebrates reducing waste in your home and keeping more money in your pocket by being savvy with some of your shopping ideas.

Of course, cooking from fresh is a terrific way of combining both and I’ve been doing it for years.  I started making simple recipe loaves and rolls when the children were born.  I wanted to take more charge of what was going into the bellies of my babies and I soon realised, it was a very fulfilling process too.

But being a busy mother of three, I also realised I didn’t have much spare time to indulge either…who does!

So I started ‘tweaking’ the recipes and fiddling around with kneading methods too and I devised a way of reducing the time and effort needed to make it and a way to save pounds and pennies too by incorporating some of the usual kitchen leftovers in the recipes.

Don’t be alarmed, I’m not talking about chopped up chicken bones or anything, I mean stuff like the last few spoons from the pan that cooked up the breakfast porridge, or a grated carrot or courgette that has gone floppy and is past it’s best….these accessible ingredients added to a dough not only reduce the rubbish that might have ended up in the bin (or hopefully the compost), but they can significantly reduce the cost you’d have spent on the raw ingredients – it’s a win, win situation!

So, I’ve put together a few 2 1/2 hour workshops to teach some of my favourite frugal recipes and I run them at a delightful little shop in Lyme Regis, the doorway to the Jurassic Coast and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There are lots of bed and breakfast places nearby and I’d be delighted to help you find one that suits your budget and expectations, so, if you’re keen on mastering the art of easy bread making and ensuring you never go hungry again, hop onto the courses page at Magic Oxygen and see if you can find a recipe to whet your appetite!

I look forward to welcoming you down here soon, oh and gift vouchers are available too if you’re looking for a unique eco-experience to give to someone you love,

Rubbishly yours,


Exciting Times Ahead

Tracey Smith at a book signingFirstly, if you have a copy of The Book of Rubbish Ideas, then well done!

It is now completely sold out and you are one of a very select group of people who got in first and are probably far more environmentally passionate than average!

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a copy, then do not despair, for there is some hope for you…

As you read this, the digital elves are hard at work putting together a downloadable digital edition! Yes, you will be able to carry this incredibly valuable tome around in tiny bits of information amazingly packed into the very smallest of silicon chips.

As if that weren’t enough, the delectable Tracey Smith is also beavering away night and day to create an even more splendid second edition.

She is speaking to people across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom who have innovative ideas on ways to reduce the amount of stuff they use every day and if you are such a person (or if you know someone who is) we would love to hear from you. Drop us a line by emailing rubbishauthor@gmail.com

Check back here very soon for the launch of the digital version and for a likely publishing date for the second edition.

This post has been happily brought to you by Simon West of Swan Developments, Eco Digital Publishing

Moving on from The Book of Rubbish Ideas

2010 has been an incredible year for Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and it’s about to roll out with a BANG!

Tomorrow morning, on BBC Breakfast Television News and on BBC World, the Global News Network, she’ll be giving her top tips on what to do with a rubbish present….and perhaps more importantly, giving advice on how not to find yourself in this situation in 2011!

There’s a tremendous amount of exciting stuff happening in the New Year and the best way to keep in touch with all of our green news is via Tracey’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RubbishAuthor.

But don’t leave this site without having a good look around first!

There’s a veritable wedge of top tips here, with lots of ideas on ways you can lean towards the green and give a positive embrace to living with less!

We hope you enjoy a slow meander through them!

The Team

Video: Tracey Smith & The Book of Rubbish Ideas

I shot a little film recently with a team from Sustainable Somerset, exploring the content of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and I thought you might like a sniff around my kitchen…

Please feel free to pinch, publish and pass on!

Rubbishly yours,


Tracey Smith is Officially a ‘Hot Woman’…

Hot Women International Campaign for the Global Warming Alliance

I recently met an amazing lady, Louise Burfitt-Dons, head of the Hot Women International Campaign for the Global Alliance…sounds like a bit of a mouthful, but it has a fitting and very worthy title and an enormous task in hand.

She officially welcomed me as a Hot Woman, which I’m absolutely delighted about and I thought I’d tell you more about the organisation, it’s aspirations and achievable aims;  over to Louise!

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Tracey Smith on Newsnight Tonight?

JP: Unchallengingly, the thinking woman's crumpet

I might well have been, had I lived closer to the centre of the universe (London that is).

Late this afternoon, I received an invitation to appear on tonight’s Newsnight on the BBC; it seems they’re going to be talking a load of old rubbish…

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(Rubbish) Free Easter egg hunts on organic farms: reserve a place now!

The Soil Association
Great food for Great Britain (and anywhere else that wants it!)

What better way to spend Easter than on a family-friendly egg hunt on an organic farm?

Choco experts Green & Blacks are giving away 5,000 dark and milk chocolate eggs to smooth the way for the Soil Association-organised events, most of which are completely free – that’s my kinda afternoon out….

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