Z is for Fay Zwicky

Poetry is an interesting creation. It’s something I have issues with but also great admiration for anyone who can write it. Fay Zwicky has spent more than 60 years writing poetry and in 2005 the committee of the Patrick White Award decided her efforts had not been recognised appropriately. When they rang Zwicky thought it was a hoax, […]

Author Birthdays

Today is an interesting mix of authors. We start with Teru Miyamoto. A Japanese author Miyamoto was born in 1947. While I haven’t read any of his works in either the original (challenging as I can’t read Japanese) or the translation you can read a comprehensive review by The Bookslut about Kinshu: Autumn Brocade. Then […]

Oval Up

Just a few words about book type things I’ve found this week. I’m running late and I’m sure you’re expecting a really good oval up because of it but you’ll be wrong. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins then on no account pick it up as you’ll have great trouble putting […]

Squid Ink Waltzs Matilda

Waltzing Matilda is one of the iconic Australian poems that has been set to music. It was written by Banjo Paterson in 1895 and my memory tells me it was considered as the national anthem many years ago but Advance Australia Fair won the toss. Many people have recorded it in many different tempos and […]

Squid Ink reads Wordsworth

“I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD” I WANDERED lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the […]

Squid Ink – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

I do wish I had enough hands to be able to hold a book like Squid Ink, it would be so much better. I’d also like to make a connection between Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner but I’ve only read Dirk Gently which makes it a little challenging. […]

Hippopotabus – Doug McLeod

Hippopotabus by Doug McLeod This is the first in a series of ‘books that mean a lot to me’, they might be from my childhood or from my adulthood (assuming there is such a word). Here’s the video I made with some help from my friend, Norlin. She’s the one behind the camera and that’s […]

Jabberwocky in Russian

Here I am, browsing the internet, minding my own business and I come across an excerpt from Jabberwocky. Following the rest of the conversation I found someone had read Jabberwocky in Russian and I was totally astounded. Jabberwocky is a wonderful nonsense poem written by Lewis Caroll in 1871. It is used in English classes […]

Mixed children’s books – spot the theme

I’ve been making my way through those children’s books I mentioned in a previous post. It’s been fun. I started with Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams and found it totally different to my memory. Gobbolino is born a witch’s cat but wants to be a kitchen cat. He is left behind by […]