As a fan of the Bard, I'm very excited to read about the Hogarth Shakespeare programme, launching in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Similarly to the Canongate Myth series, contemporary authors will be commissioned to create 'cover versions' of many of William Shakespeare's most beloved plays. To reinvent the plays as prose, … Continue reading Covering Shakespeare!
White Swan LBC Venue: White Swan Leeds Date: Sunday 10th of February 2012 Time: 6:00pm Address: Swan Street, Leeds Discussing: WEIGHT JEANETTE WINTERSON * * * * * S P O I L E R S * * * * * * * * * * S P O I L E R S * … Continue reading WSwan LBC and Canongate Book 08 – Weight Write Up – GUEST
Medusa LBC Venue: Medusa Bar in Horsforth Date: Wednesday 11th January 2012 Time: 7:00pm Discussing: Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt * * * * * S P O I L E R S * * * * * * * * * * S P O I L E R S * * * * * … Continue reading MedusaLBC Book 1 Review and Canongate Book 7 – Ragnarok
Yes, you're right, this is the wrong font... Don't worry! We don't want to confuse you even more!! This is BookElf! AR has very kindly allowed me in on her Canongate Challenge, as Salley Vickers is one of my favourite writers, so I'm barging in here and reviewing her interpretation of the Oedipus myth. Background … Continue reading Canongate Book 6 – Where Three Roads Meet
After some delay; the next book in the LeedsBookClub Canongate Challenge was Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith. A huge fan of Alexander McCall Smith (Please read his wikipedia page - he is fascinating); I discovered the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency a few years ago and read about six books in the series over … Continue reading Canongate Book 5 – Dream a little dream of me…
Next up on the LeedsBookClub Canongate challenge was The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin. Victor Pelevin is a Russian author, famed for his work in the SF genera; so I approached this book with very high hopes. I was also very curious as I've heard that his style is to use multi-layered philosophical techniques, … Continue reading Canongate Book 4 – And we’ll all go together….
Deciding to tackle the great unknown next; I choose to read Su Tong's Binu and the Great wall of China as my third Canongate Challenge. While long fascinated by China, I know very little about the country, it's culture or its mythology. I studied a very specific time period for my history leaving certificate (A … Continue reading Canongate Book 3 – It’s a long and winding road…that brings me home
While we at Leeds Book Club have always been delighted to fly the Rainbow Flag, I have to admit, I've always felt a tad out of the loop regarding the issues. Though I passionately believe in equality regardless of gender, orientation, age or racial origin, I'm rarely challenged or confronted over the mere act of … Continue reading Canongate Book 2 – The Girls watch the Boys watch the Girls go by…
Having enjoyed the Penelopiad so much, I've decided to read the rest of the modern myth Canongate series.Launched in October 2005, this project co-ordinates simultaneous worldwide publication of each book in the series.From the website: Myths are universal and timeless stories that reflect and shape our lives — they explore our desires, our fears, our … Continue reading Canongate Challenge!
On twitter last week, I was asked to recommend some Margaret Atwood books to a friend. A daunting challenge because as soon as you name one of her stellar offerings; you instantly start thinking of another that's just as good! Requiring a slight respite from all of my Southern Vampire Mysteries (Blood-A-Thon) which - though … Continue reading Canongate Book 1 – And now for something completely different…The Penelopiad