Happy weekend, one and all! I think mine will be spent justifying my thesis in a thousand words (fun) and – rather better – hopefully the first trip of 2012 to Jane’s Teas. But I shall not leave you neglected, oh no – here is a miscellany to enjoy.
1.) The book – the first I heard of Marilynne Robinson’s new collection of essays was through a post at Mary’s Library. Mary found When I Was a Child I Read Books a little uneven, and I’ve got to admit, the excitement I felt at the title (a book about books, yay!) was dampened rather when I discovered what it was actually about (philosophy and theology and stuff… oh.) I have no problem with those topics, but they don’t compare to my love of books-about-books. Still, I’m intrigued to read it, since Robinson is such a brilliant writer – and this afternoon got a ticket to see Robinson talk about the book at Blackwell’s on 15th May. (Anyone around in Oxford then?)
2.) The link – is a week-long course my supervisor Sally Bayley is helping to run in Oxford: Sylvia Plath Interdisciplinary Masterclass. All the info is here, for those with the interest, finances, and proximity to Oxford! I would just add, Sally is lovely, passionate about literature, and able to engage people in discussions about it in a dynamic and friendly way. That sounds like a testimonial, doesn’t it?! But it’s true :)
3.) The other link – is the Explore Learning National Young Writers’ Award, a competition for budding writers aged 5-14. A story on ‘Old and New’, max. 500 words, can be submitted after April 11th by email, post, or at your local Explore Learning Centre. Andrew Cope will be the judge – apparently he writes the Spy Dog series. Being out of the loop on children’s books, I don’t know it – but I bet lots of you have read it aloud to your kids! All the info you need is here – I’d love to know if your children/grandchildren/nephews/nieces etc. are entering.
4.) The blog post – is Daniel’s at Hibernian Homme, mostly for the beautiful picture, and the question at the end – but also because if you haven’t discovered Daniel’s quirky, joyous, bohemian corner of the blogosphere yet, then you need to do some exploring…