How it all began

Our Story Time, my blog, is inspired by my favourite moment of the day, when I read to and with my children just before bedtime. A quiet hush falls over them and they nestle in close, smelling of lavender and sweet orange and warm skin, and together we read, escaping into an imaginary world of fantastical lands, full of wild and spirited characters, where anything is possible. It's the simplest thing we do together and yet it means so much.

Our Story Time captures these moments of everyday simplicity.

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On my blog, I write about creating a home, navigating motherhood and living simply and purposefully whenever I can with my husband and kids. Our Story Time is my note to self, to remember to take a moment.

Every Wednesday, I publish what I call a long read, pieces I hope you can slow down in and escape into, away from the noise of the every day. But also, make some sense of it too.

You can browse all my posts, long and short, in the categories below:

Thoughtful Family

Thoughtful Living

Thoughtful Style

Thoughtful Writing

Every now and again, I’ll write about ways in which we all must try harder socially. You can find those posts under the category Ways to Strive.

In Spite of Oceans is my award-winning book of short stories, and you can also find out more about the online writing courses I offer.

So come, take a while and sit with me. It’s good to have you here.

write to me

I love to hear from my readers. If you’ve signed up to Afterthoughts and Writer’s Letters, my subscriber letters and notes, you can email me directly. Or you can reach me right here.

work with ME

I am an award-winning published author of short stories represented by the literary agency Bell, Lomax Moreton, and also an award-winning former national newspaper journalist for the Guardian and Observer. At present, I am deputy editor of creative living magazine, 91.

My freelance journalism work appeared under my byline, Huma Qureshi, regularly in numerous national publications, including The Times, The Independent, New Statesman and Psychologies magazine. You can find more of my personal writing in my weekly long reads over on my blog.

I also have broadcasting experience, with a regular weekly live radio slot on the BBC Asian Network’s Drivetime show. I’ve also appeared on BBC Women’s Hour and BBC London.

If you’re looking for a voice to write or speak on simple family living, writing, creativity or motherhood then contact me and let’s talk. I’d love to hear from you.

Podcasts

You can hear me talk specifically about my writing journey, my journalism career and Our Story Time on the following podcasts:

Grow With Soul

Finding Your Space