‘Whom else would I ever be able to call by my name?’ Continue reading If Not Now, Then Never Again? (Call Me By Your Name Series, Part Three: Loss)
This is a collaborative post with Jo at The Inquisitive Writer, who has written about her take on why we definitely need libraries in our lives. Continue reading Why Do Libraries Still Matter?
I’ve been heading off down a New Wave kind of direction. Continue reading The Perfect Soundtrack: New Wave
This novel is stunning. These posts are a love letter to this book. Continue reading Now, Now, Now (Call Me By Your Name Series, Part Two: Obsessive Love)
This novel is stunning. These posts are a love letter to this book. Continue reading If Not Later, When? (Call Me By Your Name Series, Part One: Falling In Love)
Below is a fairly varied mix of blog posts that grabbed my attention this month and provided me room for thought or I found really interesting. They’re very varied, and I’ve tried to give some indication under each one as to what they’re vaguely about! Continue reading June: My Favourite Blog Posts
Here are a few myths about having depression, that I hope to be able to help to dispel. Continue reading 5 Myths About Depression
I’d spoken to Ms. Granger’s secretary to arrange the meeting with her. I’d been a little dubious about the phone number I’d been given to call – I didn’t think wizards and witches had phones – but nonetheless it had connected and I’d spoken to a very kind gentleman on the other end. He’d requested that I would swing by to her office, as it was improbable that she would have time to step away, being as busy as she was. I agreed, because I would do whatever it took to have coffee with one of the most famous literary figures in existence.
I had been given rather odd instructions about heading to a phone box in a rather run down area of London. Not being from the capital it took me a while to find it (I got off one tube stop too early and had to walk further than anticipated), but eventually I found it. Phone boxes stand out these days; there aren’t that many around now that everyone has a mobile phone. I stepped inside and immediately noticed that it was broken. Ms Granger’s secretary (Mr. Helf) had told me that that wouldn’t matter, and all I needed to do was lift the receiver and speak my name and purpose into it. I felt completely daft doing so, wondering if anyone was watching me talking into a broken phone, and nearly dropped the phone with surprise when a smooth voice replied. I gave my details to the disembodied voice, speaking into the phone mouthpiece, despite the fact the voice sounded like they were standing right next to me. I felt distinctly stupid.
The next thing I knew, a small white badge had zoomed out of where the change was normally dispensed, and I took it, looking at the perfectly printed text on the surface:
Muggle Visitor (Permission Granted)
Classical music is so beautiful, and it can evoke so many different emotions dependent on the piece, and the setting in which you are listening to it. Continue reading The Perfect Soundtrack: Classical
Looking back on this it got me thinking – what is “the canon”, and does it really exist? Continue reading The English Poetry Canon