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We are shed people: Dahl, Gorey & Riddell

2015 has been a year of literary pilgrimages for me, beginning in late Spring with a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden. This small but superbly designed exhibition is built from the ephemera of his solitary working life, preserved and restaged with something approaching religious awe. 854 more words

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Villainesses and Spooky Books....

A vaguely Hallowe’enish flavour today…

First, with my teaching hat on, a plea for help. One of my pupils is writing a speech (would take too long to explain why) and wants to refer to some teenage villains and villainesses in it. 132 more words

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The Owl Service by Alan Garner

The Owl Service is a certified children’s classic! First published in 1967, Alan Garner went on to win the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize… 320 more words

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Borderland Tales: a medieval hall, Jodrell Bank and Alan Garner

Pyschic borderlands, thresholds, shifts in time, and strange, fantastical, medievalist-romance style stories: this is Alan Garner’s work. But you already knew that didn’t you? Did you know that this fabulous writer works right from the heart of a landscape that also inhabits all of his novels, Alderley Edge in east Cheshire, not too far from where I live? 402 more words

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September in my garden

This year, for some reason, the Japanese anemones have decided to take on their close neighbour, the Japanese crab apple tree, in a ‘let’s see who can grow tallest’ contest. 807 more words

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Ex Libris Online: The Owl Service


Review: The Owl Service by Alan Garner

Of the various origins of popular mythology in today’s culture, I think it is safe to say that tales from the Welsh tradition are relatively obscure. 506 more words

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Book Review Saturday - 'Shadow of the Wolf'

This book came highly recommended from some very highly reputable sources. One of them was a bookseller whose opinion I hold in high enough regard as to be comparable with Chaucer’s himself; the other was a knowledgeable and well-read Twitter follower who gushed about it in enthusiastic tones when I said I wanted to read it. 952 more words

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