...to really dislike the things that Shona Sibary writes

(100 Posts)
mynameismskane Thu 19-Sep-13 11:35:55

Her latest 'effort'
www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2424643/I-know-little-girls-young-school-I-need-bit-time-says-SHONA-SIBARY.html

It is NOT about the fact her 4 year old has started school, if I had had an August baby I would have probably sent them to school too. It's her smug writing - and the fact that in an earlier article she spoke about giving her kids medication when they go on a plane to knock them out.

Really don't like the way she writes about things.

BlackbeltinBS Wed 25-Sep-13 09:59:14

I think Shona is a sock puppet for Liz Jones. The more you read of Shona's stuff (and Lucy Cavendish and Katie Hopkins), the more you like Liz Jones because at least she's not selling her children at the same time, she's just insane.

WhatHo Wed 25-Sep-13 10:29:32

Greythorne definitely. She must run it past her DH at the very least.

And the money is bloody good. If anyone's interested, most magazines pay £150-£450 (rumour has it a new travel magazine is paying 3p a word, so that's about £25-£40 a feature. Free holiday though!) Therefore £1,000 plus for some guff you can run up in a couple of hours is a no-brainer. If you're prepared to sell your soul...

GingerBeerAndTinnedPeaches Wed 25-Sep-13 11:59:22

Yes greythorne it is toxic.

WhatHo I think the Fail is a particularly lucrative one for freelancers to break into. Hence the desperation evident in Sibary's ramblings.

TheHammaconda Wed 25-Sep-13 13:40:20

£1,000 you say. I might run up an article explaining how I encouraged my teenage daughter to get pregnant by an eastern european migrant in order to live a life of luxury on benefits and how I had plastic surgery on the NHS so I could fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a Cherie Blair lookalike. Do you think the Mail would take it?

WhatHo Wed 25-Sep-13 13:53:36

TheHammaconda If you were prepared to take pics of your plastic surgery and knocked-up daughter, and you could bear to become the laughing stock of the nation, then hell YES DM would love that story.

motherinferior Wed 25-Sep-13 13:55:47

I actually have written for the Fail, for the mag that is: I got away with some remarkably lefty-liberal stuff, in fact. And yes, the money was terrific.

motherinferior Wed 25-Sep-13 13:57:32

Now, however, I'm returning to a feature that is a rather more usual rate...

Pawprint Wed 25-Sep-13 16:07:28

She writes to get attention but then isn't that why people write for rags like the DM anyway? And the money, of course.

I've read some of her articles and have enjoyed one or two. The rest I have found either totally egocentric or just a bit dull. I'm not really interested in her family or what they are up to.

Pawprint Wed 25-Sep-13 16:25:31

Ok, just read that she slaps her daughter. Nice. I take it all back about enjoying her stupid articles. She can fuck RIGHT OFF. Stupid bitch.

Twitterqueen Wed 25-Sep-13 16:29:56

She's prostituting her children and her family - earning money on the back of their characters, problems, wants and needs.

I think she is truly awful and I feel so sorry for her poor children.

GingerBeerAndTinnedPeaches Wed 25-Sep-13 17:15:24

motherinferior you might not be as rich but do you feel better about yourself when you are not writing for them ? grin

motherinferior Wed 25-Sep-13 18:29:50

I did actually feel quite good about writing about the situation of young people with learning disabilities who have nowhere to move on to at 18+. Like I say, it was a remarkably liberal-lefty piece!

grin

I sneaked it in...

GingerBeerAndTinnedPeaches Wed 25-Sep-13 18:32:32

Well done. There is the odd one that I wonder how the writer got it past the editors. The MoS is a tiny tad less bigoted than the DM.

florenceflo Mon 29-Sep-14 21:26:50

this woman drugs her children and sells them i mean what is she like how can any mother do such a thing i really feel sorry for her children i think she needs a good fuck and needs to get over herself.

florenceflo Mon 29-Sep-14 21:29:31

she contradicts everything she says - apparently she's renting a property but yet she owns a house and cuts pictures out of a brochure saying she's had lots of guest around all summer ? what i know her husband only married her for the shake of her being preggers but come oh by the easy her own very words - id rather mom then have sex with my husband - amazingly sad person

FloraFlorist Tue 30-Sep-14 10:29:44

I think she is a desperately sad woman, bitter and twisted. Can't feel sorry for her though because of how she treats her children.

treadheavily Tue 30-Sep-14 10:46:29

^ florenceflo you don't happen to be her daughter now do you?

Whoopsadazy Tue 30-Sep-14 11:12:11

squoosh
I'm sure she pitches it herself, there doesn't seem to be any shortage of these 'writers' offering themselves up on a plate. It seems as though no aspect of family life is out of bounds and for every one that gets published she probably offers two that are rejected

I read an article online about this. As paid writing work becomes more competitive, there is more and more of this. The initial brief often doesn't resemble the finished article. Once the writer has submitted it, it will come back with "oh, focus more on this bit, take that bit out"all with tha aim of getting these click bait pieces that no-one sane would willingly come up with and as the writer has already given up a fair bit of time (as yet unpaid) they will do what they are told.

Some interesting blog links in this article - particularly Anna Blundy. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/apr/04/samantha-brick-thrown-to-wolves

Stratter5 Tue 30-Sep-14 11:35:14

Can't stand her, and her daughter's article is considerably better than any of her drivel.

Aridane Tue 30-Sep-14 12:11:30

Shona Sibrary, Liz Jones and Samantha Brick - an unholy DM trio!

Bellwether Tue 30-Sep-14 13:23:51

Her article about how she allowed her 13 year old to get drunk and jump off a trampoline, breaking her collarbone, and her teenage boy (young, 14?) to smoke shisha which he gave to their 4 year old and he put the video on Youtube, frankly gave me the creeps. I mean, literally, it quite upset me and it was published in August and I was thinking about it just this morning, and now again just seeing her name.

It's either exaggerated, which is harmful as I don't think it's on to pretend such behaviour is just the hijinks of youth, or it's true, and she should keep it to herself in shame.

fruitmedley Tue 30-Sep-14 16:00:41

I didn't know who she was so looked her up.....I went to primary school with her! Before she went off to the convent school. Dreadful articles.

fridgepants Tue 30-Sep-14 17:35:24

I couldn't read the daughter's article because one of my parents was similar when I was her age. It was a source of shame for me because I felt embarrassed that I didn't have the relationship with my parent that everyone else had, and I also was scared that if I told anyone I'd be sent to live somewhere else (whether that's true or not, I have no idea, but I was young...). It affected my mental health severely for years afterwards, and I wonder if the daughter speaking out about it will make things worse or better for her.

fridgepants Tue 30-Sep-14 17:37:11

Mind you, there was also the woman who wrote anonymously in the Guardian about her family - the Guardian forums at the time had a long-running thread about how she sounded like an appalling parent. It turned out to be Julie Myerson whose son was On The Drugs.

Shizzy Tue 30-Sep-14 17:43:51

My DP knew her husband quite well...the poor man sad

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