I’ve a massive treat for you all, to mark World Book Day. Which is today – so if you happen to have seen many strange and magical creatures running around today – it’s not just 2022 throwing another curve ball! It is in fact, our younger humans celebrating literature and the wonders that it brings! … Continue reading GUEST POST – Book Review – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
For the last few years, one of my besties has been doing the Unread Shelf challenge. The idea is (in part – it’s a bigger challenge than it looks) to use prompts to help a reader work through the Unread Titles on their shelves. Inspired by her, I am in the midst of attempting to gain control … Continue reading 2 Minute Review – Bookshelf Challenge – Jólabókaflóð Book 2
Today is the first day of Spring (in Ireland) and the first holiday to celebrate an Irish woman (and will be a national holiday for 2023 onwards – hooray!) “The goddess Brigid is a bridge, crossing the threshold from Celtic to Christian, North and South, winter and spring, water and fire, masculine and feminine.”TREACY O’CONNOR … Continue reading Happy St Brigid’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
Huddersfield Literary Festival has booked in Johny Pitts for a free event discussing his book Afropean - Notes from Black Europe. I've not read this yet but have heard that it’s a great book, which will be of interest to all, but particularly students interested in photography and social sciences courses. Afropean also won the … Continue reading EVENT – Online talk – Johny Pitts – Afropean
Amanda Gorman became the youngest Poet to perform at a presidential inauguration. The 23 year old delivered The Hill We Climb - a poem which was completed on 6th of January. The same day that the Capitol was stormed by supporters of the previous president, engaging in acts of domestic terrorism. https://youtu.be/Jp9pyMqnBzk Her first book … Continue reading POEM – Amanda Gorman – The Hill We Climb
It sifts from Leaden Sieves -It powders all the Wood.It fills with Alabaster WoolThe Wrinkles of the Road - It makes an even FaceOf Mountain, and of Plain -Unbroken Forehead from the EastUnto the East again - It reaches to the Fence -It wraps it Rail by RailTill it is lost in Fleeces -It deals … Continue reading It sifts from Leaden Sieves – Emily Dickinson
After my breakfast, I sat down for a solid read. ‘‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas” by Adam Kay is 140 pages long, so a genius first book of the year choice. This book follows on from his bestselling “This is going to hurt” - with a focus on seasonal anecdotes. However, there was something different … Continue reading Read a book today – an excellent start to the year!