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Dickens and Over-hearing (Public Lecture, 26th January)

Dickens’s universe is thronged by innumerable well-defined voices, and his fiction carefully renders the acoustics of individual human speech and utterance. But what does Dickens reveal about what it’s like to overhear others? 210 more words

Literature Events

Dickens plus Austen = Gaskell?

I had never read Elizabeth Gaskell’s work before.  After reading her 1855 novel North and South, I have decided that this 19th century English writer is a cross between Jane Austen (especially… 725 more words


Not reading enough. Or writing enough. Or anything else enough.

Up to this point the book reviews I’ve written for this blog have been (relatively) new releases that I’ve usually borrowed from the library. I took the month of January off from reviews with the intent on catching up on older material from my personal library. 427 more words


On The Street Where She Lived

A character is born in Christchurch, NZ. I know her, but where does she live? What is the address? What is the view from the front window? 139 more words


Brand, Fangled, and New

The sun shines constantly on new vistas for those on the lookout, and even heavily-trodden paths.   I’ve lost count of the times I’ve read or listened to Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series of historical novels without considering the origins of the ubiquitous nautical term, “starboard.” Essentially a 7,000-page sea saga of the Napoleonic era from the perspective of a British naval captain and his physician friend, much of the action in O’Brian’s novels takes place on ships, so references to “port” for “left,” and “starboard” for “right” are manifold. 617 more words

"Hadaway Harry" is Coming to Putney

16 January 2017

The play Hadaway Harry, which will be performed at the 1,200-seat Theatre Royal in Newcastle on Friday 24 February and Saturday 25 February, will have an out-of-town-run at the prestigious London Rowing Club on the banks of the Thames in Putney on Friday 17 February and Saturday 18 February. 440 more words