5 Day Poetry Challenge

5 Day Poetry Challenge

In the last week of June 2019, I took part in Arvon's 5 Day Poetry Challenge as a chance to rediscover my relationship with poetry. And the experience was bloody brilliant.

I've voted in

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

The Davison household trotted off to their local polling station today - Mr Davison hilariously reminding me not to cross the 'wrong' box. Just in case I can sway any final undecideds, I thought I'd share my - very personal - reasons for voting in on this sultry June day.

I wrote something...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Today a woman went to work and did her job. This evening she will not go home to her husband and kids because a man who allegedly did not like her politics shot and stabbed her. I didn't know what else to do but write something.

When lists go bad

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Posted by : lisa

This time last year I had the genius idea of creating a list of things I wanted to achieve in my 39th year. Loads of other people had done similar things and it seemed ripe with possibility. What could possibly go wrong?

The List - films

Monday, May 18, 2015

Posted by : lisa

For any film fans out there who fancy watching along with me, I present for your viewing pleasure the list of every single Best Picture Oscar-winning movie. It's going to be emotional...

The List - books

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Posted by : lisa

One week down, and I've made reasonably good progress with The List. This post is for those of you who were interested to see the final set of books that were recommended to me by friends. I intend to plough my way through as many as possible over the next year to try and hit 39 in total.

The List

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Posted by : lisa

I've decided to have my mid-life crisis a year early and do a bunch of slightly random, sometimes crazy, things to mark my 39th yeardom.

Welcome to The Great Puzzle

My name is Lisa Davison. It's also Lisa Andrews - because we are never just one thing at one time, and I'm terrible with choice. I've been a journalist and editor for the past 20 years, writing features on everything from how to be the perfect tamagotchi parent - Remember them? No? You missed out - to how an energy company steered a course through the banking crisis.


I was also an entertainment and film journo for Heat magazine and popcorn.co.uk. My expert knowledge on celebrity sex lives is so last century, but I do still hold the dubious distinction of being the only person to write anything positive enough about Battlefield Earth for it to end up on the DVD cover.*


In 2016, I set up the digital literary and arts magazine all the sins with my co-editor Sinéad Keegan.


The Great Puzzle started out as a place for me to waffle on about reading, writing and my unhealthy fascination with paper. Now, it's starting to become a place where I waffle on about, well, anything, really. I can't promise that the weird posts about my obsession with paper will stop, though. You can find out more about what I do on the cunningly-titled About page. Thanks for falling down the rabbit hole with me...


* The quote was 'fantastic special effects'. 

Alice And Curtain Final


A word from the wise:

'The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.' Terry Pratchet


This week I am mostly reading:

Connect: how companies succeed by engaging radically with society - John Browne, Robin Nuttall, Tommy Stadlen