May Days — Cath Barton

I love the spring, with its fresh greens, and bluebells and the may (hawthorn) trees coming into flower. I’m getting out into the hills as often as possible now, training for a sponsored trek on Hadrian’s Wall! And walking is always a great way to refresh the brain and inspire writing. I’ve had lots of writerly […]

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Love leaves its mark — Calmgrove

J K Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Bloomsbury 1997 What can one say about the first of the Harry Potter books that hasn’t already been said, whether in praise or in some kind of disparaging commentary? I’m not certain whether my two penn’orth here will either enlighten anyone or even excuse or endorse […]

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An archipelago of stories — Calmgrove

Ursula Le Guin: Tales from Earthsea Orion Children’s Books 2002 (2001) A story may be pieced together from such scraps and fragments, and though it will be an airy quilt, half made of hearsay and half of guesswork, yet it may be true enough. — From ‘The Finder’ In the middle of Earthsea, nestled within […]

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Once-upon-a-time realms — Calmgrove

Inverted commas 9: Imaginary Worlds Imagination like all living things lives now, and it lives with, from, on true change. Like all we do and have, it can be co-opted and degraded; but it survives commercial and didactic exploitation. The land outlasts the empires. The conquerors may leave desert where there was forest and meadow, […]

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Two Annes for the Bard — e-Tinkerbell

I’ve always been intrigued by the Bard’s choice of wife and in particular by their age difference, Shakespeare was, in fact, 8 years younger than Anne Hathaway. You may say 8 years is not that much, having a toy boy as partner or husband has become quite common (Mr Run is 7 months younger than […]

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“A near-divine miracle” — Calmgrove

Lucy Mangan: Bookworm. A memoir of childhood reading Vintage 2018 “[Y]ou simply never know what a child is going to find in a book (or a graphic novel, or a comic, or whatever) — what tiny throwaway line might be the spark that lights the fuse that sets off an explosion in understanding whose force […]

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Sea cruise, baby! — Lizzie Ross

No need to get excited. I plan to travel virtually, in honor of Herman Melville’s 200th birthday. Over the next few months I’ll be aboard stories set on ships (with perhaps a rowboat or two) that will take me up rivers, across oceans, and through canal locks. While the blog-o-meters clock pages conquered in Moby […]

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