Notebook collection: Tolkien – Maker of Middle Earth

I wanted to share a few photos of this exhibition, currently on in the Weston Library, but photography isn't allowed. That's understandable so instead please enjoy these photos of the notebook and badges I bought at the library shop. The exhibition itself isn't big but it's free and packed with artifacts from Tolkiens life and… Continue reading Notebook collection: Tolkien – Maker of Middle Earth

Anne Hathaway’s House, Stratford-Upon-Avon

There's no shortage of history in Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Many of the places you can visit were once home to Shakespeare's relations, including the homestead of his wife, Anne Hathway. Part of the building dates from the 1400s, and it provides an intriguing window into the past. There's not a great deal known about… Continue reading Anne Hathaway’s House, Stratford-Upon-Avon

I Bought the Final Discworld Novel

Well, I had to didn't I? The final Discworld novel. After this, there will be no more. I knew this day would come eventually, but it shouldn't have come so damn soon. I've started reading it and it's just as good as I expected albeit tinged with bittersweetness in every word. One day I shall… Continue reading I Bought the Final Discworld Novel

Agatha Christie’s Grave, Cholsey, UK

St Mary's Church, Cholsey

I've never read any of Christie's books but I'm very aware of her contribution to literature. Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are legendary characters. I'm especially familiar with the latter thanks to David Suchet's portrayal of him in the TV series my mother loved to watch. Despite her huge success, Agatha Christie is buried in… Continue reading Agatha Christie’s Grave, Cholsey, UK

Visiting Batemans, the Home of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling books

The National Trust house Batemans is nestled in the East Sussex countryside. The 17th Century property is a nice place to visit anyway, but it has an added attraction as the home of Rudyard Kipling. I'm not the biggest fan of his work but you cannot argue with the importance of his works such as… Continue reading Visiting Batemans, the Home of Rudyard Kipling

I love Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – so Why Don’t I Love Good Omens?

BBC Radio 4 recently broadcast an adaptation of Good Omens, a fantasy book written by Neil Gaiman  and Terry Pratchett in 1990. Despite being a massive fan of both authors, I've never read the book. That sounds crazy because it is. So I recently borrowed a battered copy from an avid fan who shares my love… Continue reading I love Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – so Why Don’t I Love Good Omens?

Lewis Carrolls Grave, Guildford, UK

It seems almost impossible that I should have neglected to find the final resting place of the author of my favourite book, Alice in Wonderland.  And yet I did. I assumed that Lewis Carroll was interred somewhere in London or Canterbury perhaps. The truth is he rests in a fairly unassuming graveyard in Guildford, roughly… Continue reading Lewis Carrolls Grave, Guildford, UK

Notebook Collection: Leonardo Da Vinci Museum, Florence

Image of collected notebooks

Seven years ago I visited Florence, Italy. It's a beautiful city, its slender streets packed with history and more scooters than you could shake an expresso at. It's also the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci was an illegitimate child who grew up to be one of the finest minds the world has ever… Continue reading Notebook Collection: Leonardo Da Vinci Museum, Florence

Why Exercise is good for a Writer

Man on laptop with squash racket

Exercise. Some people love it, some people would rather sit on broken glass than do all that jumping about. It would be stereotypical to suggest that all writers are in the latter camp, but there's no getting away from the fact that writing involves a lot of staying still to get the words on paper.… Continue reading Why Exercise is good for a Writer

The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations by Chris Riddell

I finally used my Christmas book token to get my hands on The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. The book is gorgeous, illustrated with Chris Riddell's intricate black line drawings highlighted in gold. I'd say it's a little work of art for your bookshelf (I wish my photography skills were good enough to… Continue reading The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations by Chris Riddell