Leave it to Wodehouse!

Like so many things you learn as a child, the writers you read as you grow up will affect you for life. I admit that’s just my opinion, I don’t have absolute scientific proof, but it’s definitely been true for me. Despite Wodehouse being born in 1881, and me in 1972, I still found hisContinue reading “Leave it to Wodehouse!”

Katherine Mansfield: Brief Life Long Legacy

For my birthday, a kind friend gave me a voucher for any book from Persephone Books. This is a brilliant book shop/publisher which, and I’m quoting now from their website, “reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction, mostly by women writers and mostly mid-twentieth century. All of our 143 books are intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written andContinue reading “Katherine Mansfield: Brief Life Long Legacy”

Yorkshire Tales

Two weeks ago I was very fortunate to visit Yorkshire with my printer partner and go to a Wayzgoose. For a long definition of that word click here: Wayzgoose but a short answer is that a wayzgoose is a meeting/fair of printers showing, selling and discussing/demonstrating printing methods. It’s very popular in the US andContinue reading “Yorkshire Tales”

Read the book or watch the film?

It is ‘murder’ of a book by watching its film adaptation first? As an Agatha Christie fan, I’m a sucker for any new adaptations of her books. So when I heard the much delayed (by Covid) film release of ‘Death on the Nile’ was due out I was very excited. But, before heading to theContinue reading “Read the book or watch the film?”

BOOKS MAKE A ROOM LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL

Alice Walker wrote a book called ‘Horses make the landscape look more beautiful’  And I agree, but would further say that if you don’t have access to a horse, books make a room look more beautiful. Books and everything that they represent: information, entertainment, anger, love and joy, are portable receptacles of our deepest feelings,Continue reading “BOOKS MAKE A ROOM LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL”

NaNoWriMo or not? And was Jack Kerouac doing a similar thing…

Jack Kerouac became famous for writing his iconic novel, On the Road, while living on Benzedrine, coffee and pea soup (made by his wife Joan) on a road trip over thirty days. He wrote on one long sheet of paper, using tracing paper he’d cut to size for his typewriter and then taped together so he wouldn’t haveContinue reading “NaNoWriMo or not? And was Jack Kerouac doing a similar thing…”

The ‘Joy’ of Constraint

(Not to be confused with The Joy of Sex, The Joy of Painting and The Joy of Cooking…) I imagine you know what ‘joy’ means, but ‘constraint’ is trickier isn’t it?  The dictionary definition is a ‘limitation or constriction’. Which could be unpleasant or, I’m suggesting here, sometimes liberating. (Oh and I love that pictureContinue reading “The ‘Joy’ of Constraint”

April is Shakespeare

April 2016 will be steeped in all things Shakespearean as William Shakespeare (1564–1616) died four hundred years ago and everybody is (still) talking about it. Which is good as everyone should know who Shakespeare was and what an enormous debt the modern world owe to his work. What not everyone might know is that someone soContinue reading “April is Shakespeare”

Agatha Christie – still the Queen of Crime

January is traditionally a time for new things, new ideas, new starts. It makes sense to do this as it follows closing the old year and moving on. Named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions and from the from the Latin word, ianua, which means ‘door’, this is the doorContinue reading “Agatha Christie – still the Queen of Crime”