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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
A Devonshire-based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who was a Community Nurse once upon a time.
Interests: reading, quilting, sock knitting, books, walking,
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I’m here and the days are flying by. So much to see and do and all that living in the moment, so blog posts will happen in the weeks after I get back, when I know I will be pleased... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It's no good, I can't keep quiet about this a minute longer and I need to squeeze in the news while I head off on my antipodean adventure from whence I will try and write the occasional blog post, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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The Candlestick Chapter is still very much out there and active, a small group of you who receive the newest poetry pamphlets from Candlestick Press and then offer thoughts on them, it's just me who has let the summer break... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Oh yes Fran, follow the river on the map and the poem makes even more sense. I was mystified about references to Jan Coo until I discovered the folk lore too. There are so many oblique & subtle references.
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Oh gosh Pam, how exciting is that! They will have a wonderful time, please do tell him to get in touch if he wants to know about any walks. 'Dart' has been my guiding light this year and so much of it makes even more of an impact when you actually see it and understand the subtle references.
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Valerie YES! I DID and I was so delighted. Alice Oswald will be perfect.
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I'll check that out Kate, thank you. Did you see Tony Robinson on Dartmoor last night? Channel 4, he's walking Britain's secret trails. Someone described Instagram as the Radio 3 of social media and I love it for the way it makes me consider a picture carefully. It's an art form in a way and I love seeing other people's pictures. I use my iPhone 5 but maybe it has more space? I wish you'd do it! I'd love to see what your artist's eye sees.
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I have been soaking up Alice Oswald's Dart all year. Matching the words to the walks as my Walking Friend and I have meandered alongside the East Dart and up the valley on Dartmoor... and with my sights set firmly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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"I do not believe any lady could get to Cranmere in a damp year, when every crack in the soil would be filled with water, and the ground soaking and shaking underfoot. Indeed I presently grew quite exhausted ; we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
I heard Hilary Mantel speaking at Budleigh last week Erika. She was superb as always. No one asked about Book Three, I think we know it will be all in good time and even better for the wait. Interestingly she said that two years working on the stage play had been the best thing for her. She has come back to writing the book as if reskilled
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Interesting Anna. I can see exactly why quilters would embrace this one. I have the book out of the library now, which I think has since been slightly discredited, but am interested to read it anyway now I've read this.
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Not shortlisted sadly Carole, and I'd have put money on it to be a favourite to win, which shows how out of touch I am with all this. I miss KFC's Booker debates too. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts when you do read this one. I read somewhere that Colson Whitehead was completely 'slaveried out' after he wrote this book and can I see exactly why.
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I had absolutely no intention of reading anything on the Man Booker short list this year. Nothing, not a single book. I was over it. That was until a reading friend persuaded me otherwise, lauding The Underground Railroad by Colson... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Anne, Rome got a mention. In particular trying to look at the Coliseum through a zillion people taking selfies with the building in the background. AS was very clear that we need to rein the travel back in, which seemed counter to his guide books etc, but it's clear it's all in a bit of a mess out there. There was mention of airlines and cruise ships paying an environmental tax, but I'm guessing it would be passed onto passengers. It was about who makes the profit from these places and it's often not always those who live there. Thinking about the cruise ships in particular and the cost of trips ashore and the sheer numbers doing the same thing, walking the same paths. He was actually very pessimistic about the state of the planet, along the lines of 'we've cooked our goose'.
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Thank you for the tips everyone, I have made a note and will be applying myself.
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The cruise industry took a real hammering at this event and I completely understand the dilemmas. Apparently the carrots offered to the local communities are often to good to resist and also the promise of boosting local economy etc. But looking at Orkney I fear for the survival of the ancient places with thousands of people trooping round.
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"With a title taken from the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, the bestselling and award-winning novelist Alex Preston, most recently of the critically acclaimed In Love and War, talks about the inspiration behind his beautiful new book As Kingfishers Catch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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"Nature is always full of surprises – whether it’s the strange behaviour of clothes moths or the gruesome larder of the shrike. Stephen Moss, naturalist, co-author of the award-winning Tweet of The Day and award-winning producer of Springwatch and Britain’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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"Teacher, environmentalist and campaigner, Alastair Sawday has spent his life travelling. In his charming memoir, he will share with Carol Ackroyd his gradual awakening to the fragility of everything we love through contemplative, consciously slow journeying. Every visit uncovers difference... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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"It’s the most unassuming little verb yet it’s jam-packed with more meanings, forms and uses than any other English word. As he reveals be’s multiple incarnations, the acclaimed linguist takes us to the heart of our flexible and changing language,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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This walking on Dartmoor is all well and good, and look how fit we all are, but there's nothing like a good literary festival in a really nice venue to keep me on the reading paths, so this week I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
Thank you for kind wishes everyone, We've had a lovely day...out to Dulverton for lunch and browse around Number Seven which, if you don't know it, is an essential diversion if you are heading west. An eclectic mix of books, art, pottery and all round lovely things but especially (for me today) the stock of books by Jackie Morris ( who has illustrated The Lost Words). I am completely enchanted by Jackie's words and her art work, she touches something special and meaningful with her means of expression so I came home with two very lovely books under my arm...and I bought Bookhound three pencils! They are nice ones and he is very pleased with them!
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Forty-one years ago today since the vicar handed me the piece of paper (note smug look on face and 70's page-boy hair and Juliet cap) and Bookhound stood to attention and wondering what on earth he had just let himself... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I've been digging around in the blog cellars again... Imagine if you will it is June 1st 2015 and Bookhound and I have spent the day at the Hay Literary Festival specifically to hear Helen Macdonald talk about H is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I might be jetting off soon but we have plenty of bookish thoughts still to come before I do and, having seen that Outskirts by John Grindrod was in the offing, I was more than pleased when a copy arrived... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles