Walking on Words

Tonight’s entry is bizarrely inspired by the carpet in my hotel room, which is printed with these words from John Keats: ASLEEP! O sleep a little while, white pearl! And let me kneel, and let me pray to thee, And let me call Heaven’s blessing on thine eyes, And let me breathe into the happy … More Walking on Words

Localised showers

I’m off to London in the morning and, of course, I haven’t finished my small amount of packing yet. All day I’ve been meaning to check the local weather forecast to be sure I’m bringing the right shoes and all day I’ve found other small things to distract me. If I’m honest, the closest I’ve … More Localised showers

Lyrical lullabies

I’ve spent the day editing someone else’s words, in a field of study which leaves me a little uninspired. So tonight finds me both lacking in words and in search of inspiration. While I think a couple of hours of sleep should restore both to me, I’m hedging my bets and have lined up some … More Lyrical lullabies

Do you dare?

Following Annabel’s lead, I’m all signed up for The TBR Triple Dog Dare. From the beginning of January to the end of March, I shall be reading only books already on my shelves. I have previously only undertaken reading challenges on LibraryThing so this will be something new. And sorely needed, let me tell you! … More Do you dare?

Word of the day

Grace note (noun) a notation in written music, indicating the presence of a note which is not essential to the melody or harmony but which instead provides a musical embellishment or ornamentation. Grace notes are used extensively in the notation of traditional Irish music and the main trad show on RTE Lyric fm takes its … More Word of the day

The matter of size

Today’s post is a short one about long books. There’s been a lot of talk recently at The Guardian about long books. Back in October, they published their list of the ten best long reads, followed a week later by a list drawn up from readers’ suggestions. Today, it’s all about Aristotelian poetics and the … More The matter of size