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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Every year on April 22, people around the world observe Earth Day as a way to honor our planet (and bring awareness to any environmental issues). So today’s blog post is a compilation of Earth Day music from my album A Million Skies to help celebrate our beautiful earth. Echoes in the Mist Echoes in…
Christopher Priest: The Adjacent Gollancz 2013 “We were naïve, all of us but especially me — we thought we were making a breakthrough into something that would neutralise weapons. It would always be safe to use, non-aggressive in nature, harmless because it would remove harm. But what we all feared soon came to pass: minds […]
Having had a hectic month joining in several bookish events (March Magics celebrating Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett, Dewithon and Begorrathon celebrating Wales and Ireland respectively in books) you’d think I would be putting my feet up. Well, so did I. But that was before I saw this.