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January 31, 2018

When asked about the 'future for her field' last year by the TLS, Ursula K Le Guin said, 

" I hope it looks the way it does now, all wild oats and chicory and foxtail and voles and jackrabbits and quail."

So do we all, Ursula, so do we all...

January 30, 2018

MY EUROPE - AN ANTHOLOGY
EDITED BY ANNA JOHNSON 

Format: 216 x 140 mm paperback 166pp ISBN: 9781999703004
Price: £9.00
Publication date: 23 March 2018

A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, POEMS, SHORT STORIES AND PERSONAL HISTORIES WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ANNA JOHNSON

This diverse and...

January 26, 2018

Overjoyed to read this headline yesterday! Twelve camels were barred from beauty pageant because their owner touched them up with Botox. Attendance at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is around 300,000 and the prize money £40million, so you can understand why these go...

January 24, 2018

She is dead and I am bereft: her books are transformative, urgent, real. You don't just read them - you absorb them - their strangeness and familiarity are what you want and where you want to be. She understood what it is to be human, what it is to be a woman. She was...

January 23, 2018

Dull and drizzly clumps of snowdrops brighten at my feet and the birds are singing and busy again which makes me smile they have been quiet for so long god my legs are heavy today there's a vociferous robin can it really be a year since Trump came to power he's such a...

January 22, 2018

Michael Wood did a fundraiser at Colchester Arts Centre on 18th January - I attended, agog, since he was my first TV historian crush. It was his series: Domesday - in search of the roots of England - that got me enthused about Anglo-Saxon as a language. He was in perso...

January 18, 2018

Bad pun, I know.

This week on 15th January the rather splendid Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries died. She was 46. 

I was upset by this news because songs like Linger, I Still do and Zombie were part of the soundtrack to my youthful angst in the 1990s. I loved the way...

January 17, 2018

That last word sounds a tad Martha Stewart but hey ho: I've been thinking about how to reduce plastic and recycle in a practical, creative way. I'm sure this isn't earth shatteringly original, but I think a project is in order. The plan is to re-purpose fabric that may...

January 17, 2018

A 'banditry' of tits - on the peanuts this morning. Was inspired to spend a happy few minutes looking up collective nouns: an ascension of larks, an aurora of polar bears, an ostentation of peacocks, a barful of detectorists (my favourite). And sad ones; an abandonment...

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