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A Room with View Appreciation

I have found myself reading a little differently recently, possibly a  little more critically. It is all too easy to be negative, but critical does not have to be bad. 380 more words


A little history is a useful thing

I’m back

It’s been almost four months since I’ve blogged or added anything to this site. Why? Because I’ve been in the final throes of finishing the book I’ve been working on for the past eight years, and have literally had no time, or room in this tired old bean, for anything else. 1,138 more words

Shakespeare Authorship

Lily and the Curse of the Hangover: My trip to Efteling

Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Lily, a second year student at the University of York. Lily loved adventures, and had decided to travel to the mystical Netherlands for a whole year, in order to see the world and ‘find herself’. 1,676 more words

First Semester

45 Quotes about Poetry for National Poetry Day

Witty and inspiring quotations about poetry in honour of National Poetry Day

As it’s National Poetry Day here in the UK (held in early October every year, usually on the first or second Thursday in the month), we’ve gathered together some of our favourite quotations (or quotes, depending on your preference) about poetry and poets, from the poetry of the everyday to the big philosophical questions which poetry presents us with. 875 more words


October 8 in Literature: Henry Fielding Dies

The most significant events in the history of books on the 8th of October

1754: Henry Fielding dies. He had begun his career as a stage satirist poking fun at Robert Walpole – the first  246 more words


The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell

If you’re wondering whether or not Elizabeth Gaskell had the chops to pull of a truly Gothic novel, and I know you are, I am pleased to say, yes, she did. 491 more words

Book Review