I am Italy-bound again, which is pretty fabulous. If you know anyone in Florence (or its environs) who might like this event, please let them know. I can't wait. All I am thinking is A Room With a View, a book I fell in love with as a teenager. Will have to re-read it on this trip. Wheee!
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Monday, 8 February 2016
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Friday, 29 January 2016
A hen has written a review of Miss Emily. A hen called Ms. Hen. It's an odd review, to say the least.
A sample: 'Ms. Hen thinks there’s a possibility Miss Emily would die many times over if she read Nuala O’Connor’s novel. But Ms. Hen doesn’t know. Nobody knows what Emily Dickinson would think because not much is known about her.'
See? Odd. Plenty is known about Emily Dickinson. Perhaps Ms. Hen should do her homework. And how exactly does one 'die many times over'?
The rest of it is here if you could be bothered.
Monday, 25 January 2016
|Tins of shortbread in a shop window|
I had a lovely Miss Emily event, with chairperson/interviewer Sasha de Buyl-Pisco, at the Central Library in Edinburgh on Thursday. Had a warm welcome from Bronwen at the library, the event was well attended, and the audience were very lively and engaged.
Edinburgh is such a fantastic city, so ancient and beautifully laid out and designed; I always love going there. Our trip basically consisted of walking, rummaging for glass, books and ceramics in charity shops, and eating cake. (We had Earl Grey Cake!) Heaven for me, pretty much.
We were midly cultural: we went to an exhib about diseases in the National Library, called 'Plague!', and another about famous Scottish people (mostly men, it must be said.) And we explored some churches. But it was mainly cake. And walking.
A few pics:
|St Cuthbert's graveyard with the castle above|
|Swedish pastry in Peter's Yard, Stockbridge - yum...|
|Burns Night goodies, Stockbridge|
|This had us in stitches - the Ladybird Book of the Hipster - in a hipster café|
|Greyfriars Bobby - sat by his master's grave for 14 years. Patient dog.|
|Patisserie Valerie goodies - we had brekky here one morning|
|Sunlight on Bow Street|
|The Bow Bar - pub we adjourned to after the event, cosy and small|
|We stayed in the Grassmarket so were up and down Bow Street,|
and in and out of its fab shops, a lot
|Deacon Brodie's on the Royal Mile|
|Sasha and me, at the Miss Emily event in the Central Library|
|Smiling Sasha :)|
|It rained a bit, but when you are somewhere so lovely, it doesn't matter.|