What was the story of Little Red Riding Hood? The story of a girl (in a red cape), who gets lost in the forest and gets tricked by a BIG BAD WOLF, into thinking that the wolf is her dear grandmother? Is that the story? What happens!?
Have you ever read one of those books that just make you happy? I am part way through a book like this at the moment - The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. It is a story of a young girl, who through a kind of tragedy, finds her long lost grandmother. June (her grandmother) lives [...]
I am in a very verbal mood this evening. The left hand side of my brain has probably been activated by listening to my lecturer say interesting things for an hour, and now I want to delve into the world of words. I am not so interested in images at the moment, but music is [...]
It is a week or so since I finished the Night Brother by Rosie Garland. It was the most sumptuous and interesting book. Edie doesn't understand why she is so tired each morning, or why her feet are so dirty when she wakes up. Her mother becomes increasingly hostile towards her, and Edie doesn't know [...]
It is always fun to come home after a festival and look up the music of the bands I saw. Bashka is a Turkish band, and their music feels so rich on this cosy, rainy Saturday morning. World music on the weekend. It transports me to places I have never seen but only heard about [...]
I finished the first season of the Handmaid's Tale last night. It was an intense mixture of horror and uplifting inspiration. Such a great, creative story. And I loved the ending. I loved the audacity. I loved leaving that family completely barren. Dystopian fiction can be very interesting.
I am reading a very interesting book - Dear Mr Knightley, about a woman who is studying journalism and writing letters to an anonymous man, in return for him funding her education. She writes to him and purges her soul, the difference being, that he responds to her words, if not in letters, then in [...]
It is such a beautiful evening for sharing friendship. :-) I am so happy tonight. It is Mistress Butterfly's birthday. We went to an interesting collection of writers who have recently had a residency at the Wheeler Centre. They were beautiful stories. Something that stood out for me was one writer saying 'I write to [...]
Margaret Atwood is certainly an amazing story teller. I still have one episode left of the Handmaid's Tale, and that was fascinating. Dark, interesting, scary. The other day I found another one of her books in my library's ebook collection. The Heart Goes Last. It is another one of those dystopian stories that makes me [...]