William Shakespeare died 400 years ago today. as you may have heard. I’m watching David Tennant and Catherine Tate introduce Shakespeare Live! with the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, as I type, and I’ve been wondering all day if I should write something here. But how can anybody write about a man who wrote so many wonderful works of literature? My words certainly will never compare to his, and I wouldn’t presume to try. It’s daunting even to think about trying to write anything that could do him justice. (more…)
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Posted in Books and Reading, Film and TV, Writing, tagged Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Hamlet, Horrible Histories, John William Waterhouse, Judi Dench, Macbeth, Prospero's Books, Royal Shakespeare Company, Wyrd Sisters on April 23, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Books and Reading, Reviews, tagged Doctor Who, France Book Tours, Madame de Pompadour, Nancy Mitford, Sally Christie, Television Without Pity, The Rivals of Versailles on April 10, 2016| 6 Comments »
Keep reading to find out more about the book tour itself, about the novel and its author, or jump straight to my review. There are some spoilers in the review, although I’ve tried not to go into much detail, but you may wish to read the book first.
Sally Christie On Tour: The Rivals Of Versailles
It’s been almost three weeks since my last blog post; I have survived the first two weeks of running a school library. It’s started really well, but the work is nonetheless hard, with so much to learn, and thus has been incredibly exhausting. Consequently, blogging hasn’t really been a priority. You might suspect me of withdrawing my allegiance from Rupert Giles, given this blogpost’s title, but this will never be so. The truth of the matter is that I wanted to break the ice with the pupils by showing that we had some shared interests; the regrettable truth is that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is older than a good few of the kids, while they are mostly likely to know who Batman is. I haven’t tested them on their knowledge of the Buffyverse but invoking the Batverse has worked out well. (more…)
Posted in About me, Books and Reading, Librarianship, tagged Aye Write!, L.A. Weatherly, Mitchell Library, Pamela Butchart, Rupert Giles, School librarianship, Wee Write! on March 1, 2016| 3 Comments »
I spent last week in five different libraries in the Glasgow area, in my new job as a school librarian. Over the Christmas holidays, I applied for a secondment to Glasgow Libraries’ School Libraries Outreach department. Readers mine, I was successful! Exactly one week ago today, I began work at my beloved Mitchell Library, a place I have known and loved since my grandparents first took me to visit it. (more…)
The best thing about turning 12, as I recall, was that I finally got access to all the books in my local public library. One of the books I remember most is The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, edited and compiled by Chris Black, published in 1992, when I was 15/16. When I think about reading it, I remember that I was in the top bunk bed, which doesn’t sound quite right, either in terms of the perfect location for reading Gothic literature, or in reality, as I’m not sure we still had those beds then. But I recall that the bunk beds were in the attic, which is eminently suitable for the reading of Gothic fiction. The memory plays strange tricks, and for me, that means Gothic fiction being somehow tied up with childhood, or at least with teenage-hood. (more…)
The family matriarch received a copy of A. A. Milne‘s poetry collection When We Were Very Young when she was four years old, and she owns it still. It came to mind this morning when I heard that today is Milne’s birthday. Here’s a photo of the front cover of our (1948) edition. The collection was originally published in 1924; Goodreads records the the latest editions as dating from 2011 (in print), and from 2015 (electronic copy).
After today’s news of the unexpected death of Alan Rickman, I think most people are agreed that the start of the year has been horrible in terms of the loss of some of the most talented and beloved actors and singers the world has known. In my previous post, I spoke of two men, David Bowie and Charles Perrault, who have made, and, despite their deaths (recent or long ago), will continue to make, my life, and the lives of so many others, magical. Alan Rickman is another such man, so creative and talented, as an actor and director,on the stage and in the cinema; I cannot deny, even at the risk of trivialising a post which I would like more than anything to be about his creativity and talent, that I have always found him attractive, because of those traits primarily, and because of something in his bearing and expressive face, but most of all because of his voice. I struggle to describe the beauty of his speaking voice without lapsing into horrible flowery language which he doesn’t deserve (and nor do you). (more…)