Now Listening – Iceland’s Dark Lullabies

In 2017, BBC released a documentary that I've enjoyed relistening to today. Dreaming of a Dark Christmas, in Iceland At the darkest time of the year in Iceland scary creatures come out to play. Storyteller Andri Snær Magnason used to be terrified by his grandmother's Christmas tales of Gryla the 900 year old child eating … Continue reading Now Listening – Iceland’s Dark Lullabies


Merry Christmas!

To all who are celebrating. And especial thoughts to key workers - thank you for all you’ve done this year (and every other!).

#NowReading (well… #NowStarting) The Hogfather

For our Christmas book club, LBCWSwan has selected The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. BLURB: ‘THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING IN THE STOCKING THAT MAKES A NOISE,’ said Death, ‘OTHERWISE, WHAT IS 4:30 A.M. FOR?’ It’s the night before Hogswatch. And it’s too quiet. Superstition makes things work in the Discworld, and undermining it can have … Continue reading #NowReading (well… #NowStarting) The Hogfather

Now reading …

The Stranger by Harlan Coben for #LBCHorsforth The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces … Continue reading Now reading …

By Heart – Attempt 1 – The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson

I decided to start my lockdown project this morning. Ted Hughes uses his introduction to recommend an older technique to learn poems off. Learning by rote - he argues - was an attempt ‘to eradicate imagery from all aspects of life’ by the Puritan/political ascendency of the Civil War and has become the norm. However, … Continue reading By Heart – Attempt 1 – The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson

A friend sent me this

After yesterday’s blog. (We don’t have a credit, so if you’re it, please let me know!) I love this! Such a positive picture!

Bookshops *are* essential. And now more than ever!!

The Guardian has a piece on why book shops should be considered essential during this second lockdown. In a letter to government ministers today, the BA’s managing director Meryl Halls described bookshops as “lanterns of civilisation and, for many, beacons of hope”. Keeping them closed while allowing other retailers who sell books to remain open … Continue reading Bookshops *are* essential. And now more than ever!!

Lockdown Reads

Have decided to try and learn some poems By Heart so have finally opened my long owned, never read copy of this: By Heart 101 Poems to Remember. Introduction by Ted Hughes I don’t expect to learn a poem a day, but I’m loving the selection so far. Besides, with all the politicians saying lockdown … Continue reading Lockdown Reads


Harlan Coben - The Stranger The LBC Horsforth choice!

Mary Wollstoncraft Statue

Only 13% of the statues in the UK are of historical female figures - in fact, you're more likely to find fictional women represented than their real life counterparts. And over half of those are members of the Royal family - so even less representative of the population at large, than invented and made up … Continue reading Mary Wollstoncraft Statue