The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

A few weeks ago we were asked to write an essay about a poem. We were given a book of poems and had to choose one and write an essay. This is the poem and my essay. I missed the class where we briefly discussed what to include so I had to think back to […]

Pre-loved, they’re Pre-loved!

Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack. ~ Virginia Woolf I was sent this quote by Jen, it comes from Little Grey Bungalow and the photo is cute, but I don’t know how […]

Susie’s Story: Surviving in Budapest

Sunday afternoon we journeyed to the past. They say the past is another country and I keep being reminded of it. This was no exception. We went to Makor Library to a book launch, they have enough of them as they sponsor a writing programme called Write Your Own Story. So many people I know […]


Not Mondayitis, just Monday. It’s almost a whole week since I last wrote and I do promise to try and do better this week. I have a stack of books to review, I’ve read them and just need to scribble a few words about them. Now I’ve finished reading Bleak House I have more time […]

Tolkien, why this great love for him?

This is actually a question I can’t answer, it should really be answered by someone who majored in English Literature at university and I believe I do have friends who answer that description, but I’m going to share a few thoughts about him anyway. Tolkien was born on the 3rd January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South […]

I’m sick of updates…

I’m sure you’re all sick of updates, but I’m really struggling to write much nowadays. I have two things taking up a lot of my time. It’s not that my English class takes a lot of time, by the time I add in travelling time it’s only five hours in a week, but it’s the […]

Circle of Flight – John Marsden

First came the Tomorrow series, followed by The Ellie Chronicles. This book is the third volume in The Ellie Chronicles. I managed to pick up Incurable and Circle of Flight at the same time and thought I’d picked up the earlier book of the two, unfortunately I managed to get it wrong and so I’ve […]

The Abbey Girls at Home – Elsie J. Oxenham

Squid Ink’s gone walkabout again, I’ll have to send out a search party. I’m sure he’ll come back when he’s finished his perambulations. In the meantime I took some time out from Bleak House and read a different book. I didn’t mean to read the whole thing but I was listing it for sale on […]

May the 4th be with you

I heard this phrase on the radio this morning and thought it was cute, I did hear it last year but this year I was looking for something to write about as I missed writing yesterday. It supposedly started as a play on words for George Lucas’ birthday and then escalated, the problem there is […]

Discworld Klatch

Yesterday was lovely. We met in Federation Square, I had my Moist von Lipwig hat on and for the first time felt really silly wearing it. A number of others had their Nullus Anxietas 3 tshirts on and we ended up being 14 adults and 1 child. We found a table in a nearby cafe […]