RECITATION – Do not go gentle

Michael Sheen recites Dylan Thomas’ poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ as part of the reopening of the National Theatre. https://youtu.be/w-sM-t1KI_Y #BackOnStage

‘Silenced’ voice of Great War poet to be heard for first time | First world war | The Guardian

Ivor Gurney’s writings from an asylum were ignored. But a new study reveals their genius — Read on amp.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/silenced-voice-ivor-gurney-great-war-poet This is going to be fascinating!

School Days Over – Drat you Mosquito

I have been trying to track down a copy of Revival, An Anthology of African Poetry, edited by Dick Dawson with no luck. However, a journal article did remind me of this anonymous poem. Drat you, Mosquito Drat you, mosquitoI'm after your bloodOR,(should I say?) MineI wish you wouldWhine and dine elsewhereAnd even more do … Continue reading School Days Over – Drat you Mosquito

POEM – Simon Armitage – Elegy for Prince Philip

The Patriarchs – An Elegy The weather in the window this morningis snow, unseasonal singular flakes,a slow winter’s final shiver. On such an occasionto presume to eulogise one man is to pipe upfor a whole generation – that crew whose survivalwas always the stuff of minor miracle,who came ashore in orange-crate coracles,fought ingenious wars, finagled … Continue reading POEM – Simon Armitage – Elegy for Prince Philip

Samuel Beckett’s Birthday

Spotted on Twitter with no source. But it’s marvellous! Beckett - I can’t go on Mrs Doyle - ah, go on Beckett - I’ll go on

Felt like a good clean…

“I feel like I should clean the house so I’m going to sit and read until the feeling passes” Thanks Mum!

POEM – Kubla Khan – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Last night, I missed an answer in the FT quiz because I didn't know the opening lines to a poem I have actually read quite a few times. So, here it is, a reminder to myself. Hardly homework though - it's a beautiful poem. KUBLA KHAN BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE Or, a vision in a dream. … Continue reading POEM – Kubla Khan – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

LBC White Swan – Upcoming Books

We also have our April and May books for White Swan! Time - 6pmLocation - Zoom 11th April – Apex Hides the Hurt – Colson Whitehead The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original … Continue reading LBC White Swan – Upcoming Books

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Hope that you all...you know... stay home, socially distance and that you manage a giggle, a dance and a toast! My mum mum sent me on the following - a stunning version of On Raglan Road by New Dublin Voices https://youtu.be/enYyky6VfXo

Solidarity with the NHS

This time a year ago, almost to the day, my family were urging me to stay at home. Thankfully, my workplace agreed and my lockdown began on the 16th of March. The U.K. govt followed a week later, on the 23rd. Between March snd December of last year, it is estimated that 850 healthcare workers … Continue reading Solidarity with the NHS