November 15, 2015

 

 

One of the most published books in the English language, Gilbert White's 'The Natural History of Selbourne' has been in print ever since it first appeared in 1789.  In this pretty little Hampshire village of Selbourne where he lived, you can tour the house and admire...

October 18, 2015

 

Forests are everywhere in stories....and we found ourselves in one right here, on Bute, looking for a chambered cairn near Kilmichael.

 

 

We left our bikes behind a barn, and panted up a hill in the sunshine, then picked our way through brambles and lush green undergrow...

October 8, 2015

Is this 'poetry in motion'? I think so.

Remembering an unforgettable trip to Iceland earlier this year - in the steps of WH Auden, Louis MacNeice and William Morris..........must away to the library to read some..........

 

 

 

 

September 8, 2015

Lochgilphead on way back from Jura - found this lovely bookshop advertising the 100 best books that teachers recommend children should have read before leaving primary school. https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/100-fiction-books-all-children-should-read...

September 8, 2015

Went to see the results of an artists residency by the trio - Alison Irvine (writer) Chris Leslie (photographer) and Mitch Miller (illustrator) http://www.nothingislost.co.uk/

 

Especially interested in Mitch's 'dialectograms': 

 

A different non-linear way of sharing...

September 8, 2015

The book I took to Jura with our bikes was 'Taking a Line for a Write: Inspiring Writing in Art and Design' by Pat Francis but couldn't  find a moment to read it - too distracted by rainbows, dragonflies, wild flowers, diving sea birds - and skies .....

 

And inside...

July 11, 2015

Is it the long dark days of winter, or because sagas form the foundation of their culture? Whatever reason, the bookshops and libraries are buzzing! People are reading. It's a tradition that they give each other books at Christmas.

 

Here at Eymundsson's, Iceland oldest...

June 11, 2015

And on the subject of books finding you - rather than the other way around - it's always worth having a clear out, isn't it? You always find something to keep, rather than throw.......once I spent a whole day with my ageing father 'having a clear out'. We shifted and s...

April 12, 2015

 

You know when you aren’t specially looking for something, and something looks for you? It often happens in a library. Or a bookshop.

This one was the famous Shakespeare and Company, 37 Rue de la Bucherie, Paris, opposite Notre Dame on the banks of the Seine.

You can rea...

March 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

"Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."  Virginia Woolf from 'A Room of One's Own'

 

So many important books in my life were written by women including one of my favorites, 'Orlando'...

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