Orkney

ASLE talk

People, poems and place: Stromness an acrostic town. Gabrielle Barnby ASLE conference, 5-7th Sept, Orkney   ‘There is no skill or enchantment To make the old coat green, There can be at best, now A flung or fated pattern of patches’ Excerpt from An Old Man in July by George Mackay Brown, Northern Lights (1999)   […]

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Wonderlust

Wonderlust   Earth shell spirals galaxy on wet mornings; caution busy feet, move slow so grounded gaze can pick out delicate round snailings from angular gravel spat by road; leaving the clover and dock and vetch of safety, drawn underfoot to spring small moments of guilt from never being careful enough.   Gabrielle Barnby August, [...]Read more of Wonderlust...

Making of the Man

The Making of the Man Inspired by J Storer Clouston – front cover image for Carrington’s Cases & the title from A Lunatic at Large. In another era his face would have been less conspicuously out of place. He could have been bulbous-nosed and peeled-wally without much undue attention coming his way. even the strands [...]Read more of Making of the Man...

2017 Reading List

Reading List 2017 Paula Rego, Jane Eyre – Introduced by Mariana Warner Philip Larkin, Collected Poems Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run Michael Frayn, Spies Maya Angelou, Still I Rise Rosemary Sutcliffe, Eagle of the Ninth Italo Calvino, Italian Folk Tales Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings PD James, A Certain Justice Simon Armitage, The […]

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Book Reviews

A View of the Harbour Elizabeth Taylor The ordinary moments that make up the every day only rarely combine with excursions into a more dramatic world. Taylor rends life as it is lived, mostly trite, often within one’s own head and rarely anything close to romantic. It is not that the prosaic and sensible living [...]Read more of Book Reviews...