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This book review has been a long time coming! I was originally due to post it as part of Perrin’s virtual book tour back in March, as organised by France Book Tours, but, as I mentioned, broke my arm really badly, right in the shoulder socket, and so have been out of commission for a good while. I’m back at work now (huzzah), albeit with limited duties, and Absolutely No Carrying of Large Piles of Books Under Any Circumstances. Continue Reading »

Trinity College, Downtown Toronto (St George) campus, Toronto University.  My photo, 19 September 2014.

Trinity College, Downtown Toronto (St George) campus, Toronto University. My photo, 19 September 2014.

Canada plays quite a part in this blog; Canada is one of the reasons for this blog’s very existence! So it is with great delight that I realised today that it is five months until my next visit. My first trip was entirely for the purpose of library research and presenting a paper at the Ninth International Conference of the Book, with the exception of a full day at Niagara Falls, but I knew that I wanted to return to see more of Toronto, and of the whole country. Continue Reading »

Today is World Poetry Day. It has been celebrated since 1999, when UNESCO established it, in part to reaffirm “our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings”. You can see the full explanation, of wich I have quoted only a small part here, at the above link.

Because I’ve been watching a lot of fairytale-themed films and television series recently, including Grimm, Once Upon a Time, and (tonight) the film Enchanted, I decided to post here, without any analysis thereof, three poems on similar themes. I have not added any pictures to this blog post either, that you may create your own pictures from the words you read. Continue Reading »

Cherbourg's Old Irish studies, 17 March 2015 (my photo).

Cherbourg’s Old Irish studies, 17 March 2015 (my photo).

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One of my first discoveries, artistically speaking, in the Sotheby’s Institute of Art Library, was a photography book featuring some of Anna Atkins‘ beautiful cyanotypes. So I was delighted to see that Google today chose to commemorate her 216th birthday in their Google Doodle. Continue Reading »

"The Keys of the Watchmen" by Kathleen C. Perrin. (Image via France Booktours)

“The Keys of the Watchmen” by Kathleen C. Perrin. (Image via France Booktours)

I just wanted to confirm that my review of Kathleen C. Perrin’s The Keys of the Watchmen is now indefinitely postponed owing to my broken shoulder. You can follow the rest of the book tour here.

"Sir Terry Pratchett 1948 - 2015. The End." by Pate-keetongu. Image via the Lego Discworld Flickr group.

“Sir Terry Pratchett 1948 – 2015. The End.” by Pate-keetongu. Image via the Lego Discworld Flickr group.

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