Irish Eyes – Poets and Writers

On a recent trip home, I popped into the National Library and spotted this beauty. The painting is by the Danish artist, Claus Havemann. He has worked out of a studio in Cork for almost forty years. Who's who? The writers and poets shown in the painting: Samuel Beckett, Molly Keane, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, … Continue reading Irish Eyes – Poets and Writers

FILM – Alive Inside

Did you know that 850000 people in the UK are living with a form of Dementia? And that's due to rise to 1 million by 2020, increasing to 2 million by 2050? Because - while I was aware that the numbers are high and that we're an aging population - I hadn't joined up the … Continue reading FILM – Alive Inside

Book shop advert in Ireland

Well played Easons

The Witcher – The Last Wish

Last year (like a fortnight ago but it's fun to say), @BookElfLeeds told me that she'd watched the first episode of the Witcher series on Netflix and thought it was a very 'me' show. https://youtu.be/ndl1W4ltcmg Two days later, I'd finished the entire eight episodes. What can I say - the Elf knows me very well! … Continue reading The Witcher – The Last Wish

PICTURES – Douglas Coupland – Slogans for the 21st Century

Spotted these on the Guardian - HERE - and had to look them up. Douglas Coupland - do visit his website, it's a bit of a delight - is a Canadian author, designer and artist that I've been semi-aware of for years (he wrote Generation X: Tales for an accelerated Culture, JPod and Highly Inappropriate … Continue reading PICTURES – Douglas Coupland – Slogans for the 21st Century

National Poetry Day

The theme for this year is 'Truth' No Second Troy BY William Butler Yeats Why should I blame her that she filled my days  With misery, or that she would of late  Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,  Or hurled the little streets upon the great,  Had they but courage equal to desire?  What … Continue reading National Poetry Day

Little Free Library in Leeds Dock

This evening, while out walking through Leeds Dock, I came across this very sweet little free library! I got so giddy to see 'Take a Book, Leave a Book' that I completely botched the picture of that sign. 🙄 And it looks to be well stocked! Huzzah for literary Leeds!

Wow – 2 Minute Review – Benediction by Kent Haruf

BLURB From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. … Continue reading Wow – 2 Minute Review – Benediction by Kent Haruf

Remembering Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy - the Irish author - passed away some 7 years ago last month. She was an incredible writer and person and continues to inspire to this day. My mum sent me this photo this morning - it was obviously created a few years ago but the quote is mighty and fabulous and timeless. … Continue reading Remembering Maeve Binchy

QUICK REVIEW – Mr Kiss and Tell – Veronica Mars – Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

A long time ago....we used to be friends... https://youtu.be/X56x44mVFJM Veronica Mars ran for three (EPIC first season, solid second season, slightly less impactful third season...but still waaaaay better than the rest of the YA shows from that time) seasons, from 2004 until 2007. It was hyped as a Nancy Drew for the 21st century, but … Continue reading QUICK REVIEW – Mr Kiss and Tell – Veronica Mars – Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham