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Swallows and Amazons

‘What’re you reading?” an older man on the SkyTrain asked me one day. I held the book out to him.

“What’s it about?”

“It’s about this group of kids who sail to an island and live there.” 167 more words


Swallows and Amazons at Bristol Old Vic (Exeunt Review)

Swallows and Amazons, back for a second time at the Bristol Old Vic, is quite simply charming. Highly reminiscent of the BBC’s adaptation of E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It, this is a show that takes one back to the England people fantasise of when purchasing ‘traditional, wooden’ Christmas decorations of rocking horses and flower fairies. 564 more words


Still looking for Swallowdale

In this month’s Lakeland Walker magazine (Jan/Feb 2015) there’s a fine piece by Ronald Turnbull on looking for Swallowdale.

He starts by looking on Blawith Fells and concludes that Swallowdale isn’t there. 655 more words

First steps on Peel Island

One of the key locations in Swallows and Amazons is the secret harbour on Wild Cat Island. It’s also one of the relatively few cases where the real-world original is easily and unambiguously identifiable; it’s on Peel Island in Coniston Water. 1,097 more words

Merry Making

It’s summer in Brooklyn. I hope you enjoyed glorious festivities (Christmas, solstice, new year).

I am slightly ambivalent about Christmas, from its absorption of pagan festivities to its rampant consumerism. 250 more words


Swallows and Amazons - we speak to Musical Director Tarek Merchant

I start the day by leading a vocal warm up with the cast, which takes about 15 minutes. This makes certain the cast are in good voice, and won’t injure themselves. 877 more words

Bristol Old Vic

Rusty Reviews: Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome, 1929)

Back in the dark ages before magic schools, parallel worlds, and death games, fictional children had to make their own entertainment. This resulted in what I like to think of as the traditional adventure novel, where the poor brats would usually wonder around some countryside, foil a robbery or two, and generally spend a depressing amount of time using their imaginations in order to make their activities seem more interesting than they actually are. 913 more words