Well, the world has survived another Witch Week. Lizzie and Chris couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone who participated: Laurie of Relevant Obscurity, for her terrific post about that ice-hearted Narnian witch, Jadis, not to mention her perceptive contributions to our discussion of DWJ’s Cart & Cwidder Sari of The View from […]
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! To wind up Witch Week, we’re exploring a political fantasy by Diana Wynne Jones appropriate to this day of “gunpowder treason and plot“. Head over to Calmgrove to read our discussion of Cart & Cwidder. If you’ve read it, please join in. And remember, remember, the 5th of November!
When their father, a travelling minstrel is killed, three children involved in rebellion and intrigues inherit a lute-like cwidder with more than musical powers. — From the first edition of Cart and Cwidder, Macmillan 1975 You’ll by now be aware that Witch Week takes its title from a novel of the same name, ostensibly for […]
Jean Lee is a blogger, author and massive fan of Diana Wynne Jones. Jean was an obvious choice, therefore, for inviting to participate in this event as one of DWJ’s books was the principal inspiration for it, and we’re very grateful she responded so enthusiastically! She has chosen to focus on one of Jones’ most […]
Today’s Witch Week guest post is by Sari Nichols, who tweets as Armchair Scholar and blogs at The View from Sari’s World and at The Groundling’s Guide to Shakespeare. Her expertise suggested her as an ideal guide to Shakspearean villains. As Kipling wrote, “The female of the species is deadlier than the male,” and that […]
For many years now, as many of you know, I have on this blog been exploring one of Joan Aiken‘s alternative worlds with its alternative history, set mainly in a paracosmic Britain of the 1830s and 1840s. This ‘Wolfish Villains’ post is a fairly rare overview, looking at a set of character types whose anticipated […]
William Mayne: The Worm in the Well Hodder Children’s Books 2003 (2002) Whisht! Lads, haad yor gobs, Aa’ll tell ye’s aall an aaful story, Whisht! Lads, haad yor gobs, Aa’ll tell ye ‘boot the worm. The title of this children’s novel brought to mind a ballad a fellow student used to sing many decades ago. […]