Elvis McGonegal

Am just listening to BBC Radio 4 and heard this phenomenal voice read out THE poem of the lockdown era - it certainly has spoken to me! The show is My Name Is… My Name Is Elvis Elvis lives in Stroud in Gloucestershire. He makes a living performing poems to a paying audience who sometimes … Continue reading Elvis McGonegal

Book Blog

Well I’ve finally finished LBC Horsforth book club choice for last month. Ian Cobain - The History Thieves Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation BLURB In 1889, the first Official Secrets Act was passed, creating offences of 'disclosure of information' and 'breach of official trust'. It limited and monitored what the public … Continue reading Book Blog

My good reads is about to take a bump!

No, I’m not getting married, but one can never be too well informed! Besides, what if I meet someone in desperate need for advice… The Don’t for Wives from 1913 appears to be completely sincere. I’ll feed back!

Newly collecting – Lord Peter Wimsey

This is absolutely, definitely and completely my book clubs fault. We read String Poison for an LBC3Reads last year (and have Gaudy Night for this month) and I couldn’t possibly not read them in order… 6 down…about 9 to go!

LBC White Swan – August and September

Our upcoming books for LBC White Swan are: 08-08 - Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart12-09 - Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir Shuggie Bain - Shuggie Bain 1981. Glasgow. The city is dying. Poverty is on the rise. People watch the lives they had hoped for disappear from view. Agnes Bain had always expected more. … Continue reading LBC White Swan – August and September

Our June Reads

Here are this months reads 🙂 For LBC Horsforth - Mindf*ck by Christopher Wylie 9th JuneZoom call7:30pm For LBC White Swan - Boy Parts by Eliza Clark 13th JuneZoom call6:00pm (not 6:30pm - an error I made last month resulting in my being 15 minutes late to my own book club :D) Mindf*ck Blurb What … Continue reading Our June Reads

MINI-POEM – Thomas Love Peacock

How troublesome is day! It calls us from our sleep away; It bids us from our pleasant dreams awake, And sends us forth to keep or break Our promises to pay. How troublesome is day!

10 Poems for Kindness

For my birthday this year, a friend sent me this book as an alternative to a card. Collated by Jackie Kay, this book is dedicated to Felix, a young man (boy) who ended his life at 17 as a result of bullying. Each poem covers a different aspect of kindness with the fundamental theme threaded … Continue reading 10 Poems for Kindness

‘Silenced’ voice of Great War poet to be heard for first time | First world war | The Guardian

Ivor Gurney’s writings from an asylum were ignored. But a new study reveals their genius — Read on amp.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/silenced-voice-ivor-gurney-great-war-poet This is going to be fascinating!

POEM – Simon Armitage – Elegy for Prince Philip

The Patriarchs – An Elegy The weather in the window this morningis snow, unseasonal singular flakes,a slow winter’s final shiver. On such an occasionto presume to eulogise one man is to pipe upfor a whole generation – that crew whose survivalwas always the stuff of minor miracle,who came ashore in orange-crate coracles,fought ingenious wars, finagled … Continue reading POEM – Simon Armitage – Elegy for Prince Philip