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Alan Garner's The Stone Book Quartet

I found these four short novels with a squeal of triumph in an Aberdeen second-hand bookshop, and bought them for £3. That’s right: the four books that are one of Garner’s greatest creative accomplishments, in a pristine box set, for barely more than they cost the original buyer in the late 1970s. 802 more words


Molly Evans & Jack Rutter at St Clement's Church, Hastings 29/4/17

My review was originally published by the Hastings Online Times here 

Hastings’ annual Jack In The Green is renowned for its May Day parade and its morris dancing but the programme always throws up a handful of good concerts, too, and that is before you even get to the Hastings folk week events in the week that follows. 358 more words

Live Reviews

The Edge. Part II

Bank Holiday weekend was looming, so the weather was far from perfect. But on Alderley Edge the view was clear and the rain seemed to have withdrawn its threat for while. 1,201 more words

Thinking, Or Ranting, Or Both

The Edge. Part I

As any sensible grown-up knows, traffic on a Friday afternoon before a spring Bank Holiday weekend is likely to be bad – and unnecessary driving best avoided. 1,254 more words

Britain Now & Then

Day 3, NaPoWriMo 2017

Some time ago I picked up a discarded library copy (first edition!) of Alan Garner’s The Moon of Gomrath. I finally got around to reading it and found the following passage. 85 more words


My 10 favourite books OF ALL TIME

Am I allowed to use shouty capitals in the title of this post? I think so, because choosing favourite books is always a minefield. Favourites often change with your mood, the season, the time of day and so on, but these books, these are the ones that have stood the test of time with me. 907 more words


It’s hard when anyone asks you about your childhood and you have to say: “I don’t know. I was a shrubbery.”

The story of Blodeuwedd is one of those that fits the Celtic theme of ‘women are strong people and key characters, but usually the cause of trouble/disaster’. 376 more words