Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a peaceful 2023, full of fun and laughter. Abridged Ogden Nash poem, full poem copied as text below Tonight’s December thirty-first,Something is about to burst.The clock is crouching, dark and small,Like a time bomb in the hall.Hark, it's midnight, children dear.Duck! Here comes another year! Ogden Nash


Happy Day of the Wren

Reposting from 2011 Happy St Stephen’s Day…or Boxing Day (if you must). I hope you’re all feeling rested after yesterday’s celebrations and food! Back home (in Ireland), the 26th was historically celebrated as The Day of the Wren – Lá an Dreoilín. It is believed that this tradition emerged out of older Pagan or Druidic rituals, … Continue reading Happy Day of the Wren

#NowReading – Marple – A collection NOT by Agatha Christie

My Christmas present to myself this year is this - the gorgeous hardback of Marple. The beautiful red version of Marple. A brand new collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Crime’s legendary detective Jane Marple, penned by twelve remarkable bestselling and acclaimed authors. This collection of twelve original short stories, all featuring Jane … Continue reading #NowReading – Marple – A collection NOT by Agatha Christie

The literary world is wonderful

Author Chelsea Banning sent a sad little tweet into the ether this week: Only 2 people came to my author signing yesterday, so I was pretty bummed about it. Especially as 37 people responded “going” to the event. Kind of upset, honestly, and a little embarrassed.CHELSEABWRITES And she received solidarity well wishes from a few well … Continue reading The literary world is wonderful

Poems to boost your mood

Wonderful piece from the guardian today on 50 by prima to raise your spirits. Going to try to seek out all fifty between now and Christmas! Here’s the article https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/26/that-orange-it-made-me-so-happy-50-poems-to-boost-your-mood

The A Team form a militant union

https://youtu.be/yM0YujbVRMQ Spotted on Twitter (ht to Union Drip) and too good not to share!  Clips from the episode Labour Pains. From 1983. The more things change eh…

LeedsBoookClub Christmas Do!

Yippee! It’s that time of the year!  Am busy organising the @LeedsBookClub Christmas do for December and feeling incredibly excited to see everyone in person again! Since March 2020, there have now been a total of 75 book clubs via zoom; 1 Christmas meet up face to face and 3 in person book clubs. So … Continue reading LeedsBoookClub Christmas Do!

The Literature Clock

This is incredible!  https://literature-clock.jenevoldsen.com/ It tells the time via passage from books. And I can’t stop checking it!  (Found via a toot on mastodon. Thanks sent to the OP for this is going to be a bookmarked favourite!)

Two January Books for 2023

Two January books have already been picked for #LeedsBookClub for 2023! Can you imagine? #LBCWSwan (face to face) 15th Jan - The ten thousand doors of January - Alix E Harrow #LBCHorforth (face to face) 18th Jan - To Paradise - Hanyer Yanagihara

#LBCWSwan meet up

It’s #BookClub day! This evening, the #LBCWSwan book club will get together at the White Swan pub in #Leeds (hence the name) to discuss #Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. We don’t often read #comics for book club so delighted that this one is face to face, after 70 odd zoom book clubs! Don’t get my wrong, … Continue reading #LBCWSwan meet up