Author Alison Fisher has worked in an Easter egg factory, in air traffic control centre and as an EastEnders scriptwriter. Now she has turned her attention to creative writing - and successfully.
Ms Fisher, who is in her 50s, has won the Bridport Prize, an international short-story competition. Brighton-based Ms Fisher picked up the honour for The Woodcutter's Wife, a fairytale about a girl, who comes from the sea and has to go and live in a forest.
The importance of reading for children aged 11 to 13 cannot be underestimated, says award-winning children's writer Joe Craig.
The creator of the prolific Jimmy Coates series, which has sold more than 250,000 copies in 12 countries, believes this is the "key
age that children need to read".
He tells People: "This is the age - school years seven and eight - when, statistically, there is the biggest drop-off in reading, particularly among boys. There are so many distractions for them and these have a real affect.
It is hardly surprising that Philip Bier's Tiger UK value retail chain is being compared to Ikea. Founded in Scandinavia ten years ago, Tiger calls itself is a "variety store" selling home furnishings. It is active in eight countries, including the UK where there are ambitions to open 40 stores by 2012 - and eventually one on every high street.
Nikki van der Zyl has a very famous voice. The British actress (right) re-voiced many of the female voices in the James Bond films, including Ursula Andress in Dr. No, Eunice Gayson in From Russia With Love and Jane Seymour in Live And Let Die. Hardly surprising then that she has gathered an enviable collection of Bond memorabilia over the years.
Before children's adventure heroes Harry Potter, Ben 10 and Transformers, the young enjoyed much simpler pleasures. This is according to children's author Roz Tucker-Shaw.
The writer wants to take children aged between four and seven back to these "simpler days" with her new book, The Doers. Set in the late 1940s, the story focuses on a family which lived without the technology of today.
Here's one for soccer fans. You can now pay tribute to your club, and help kick racism out of football by wearing a customised T-shirt.
Aston Villa supporter David Hitchman has come up with a range of T-shirts featuring slogans such as "White Hart Lane is my Synagogue". Mr Hitchman, 30, is the founder of online company Soccerprint.co.uk. It prints a range of football-themed phrases onto T-shirts.
Now you see it. Next week you won't. Ilana Steinberg's plait, that is.
On Tuesday, the Manchester schoolgirl will have more than 25cm chopped off her hair to raise money for Israeli cancer charity Zichron Menachem.
Ilana, a year-six pupil at North Cheshire Jewish Primary School, was inspired to do so after visiting the organisation in Jerusalem a couple of years ago. She tells People: "I decided to grow my hair and cut it to make a wig for a sick child who had lost theirs. However short I cut my hair, it will always grow back. That is not the case for everyone.
The second series of Channel 4's One Born Every Minute has been particularly welcomed, with around 2.3 million viewers - a 9.1 per cent share of the audience. Good news for Lorraine Charker-Phillips, the series director.
The 12-week documentary - now three episodes in - provides a detailed insight into life on a busy maternity ward, and the challenges of becoming parents.
Lady Gaga wears one - as do actresses Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan. What exactly? Peace bracelets. A growing celebrity trend in America and Europe, the charm bracelets are now available in the UK, thanks to fashion student Jodie Fleischmann.
The 21-year-old has set up a website, which sells the accessories at, she says, a fraction of the cost of other retailers.
Music producer David Courtney is perhaps best known for discovering international recording artist Leo Sayer, and co-writing their album Silverbird. Now he is in the spotlight for his own compilation.
He has released The Show Must Go On, a collection of his all-time favourites, re-recorded "for a more contemporary style". Brighton-based Mr Courtney, 60, tells People: "I wanted to do my own interpretation of the songs to celebrate 40 years of my career in the music business." He has worked with the industry's top names including Eric Clapton and Sir Paul McCartney.
If ever there was to be a "kosher X Factor," A Jewish Star singing competition could be it.
Launched in 2009, the online contest, for both adults and children, aims to find the world's top Jewish talent. Entrants are invited to upload a video of themselves performing a Jewish song. It is then up to the public to vote.
Singletons take note. Dating is all about being naked - albeit with your clothes on.
This is the advice of Jan Day (left), one half of the team behind a one-off Jewish dating workshop called Meetings Without Masks.
Launched with hypnotherapist Sharon Waxkirsh, the session will take place on Sunday. They established the event after noticing a demand among the Jewish community for a different kind of dating service.