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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in February 2007

Sylvia Plath & Tomato Soup Cake

Cooking was the other important activity in her life. It was a passion in the same way that poetry was a passion. Something she couldn’t leave alone. Between and along with writing her great poems, Lady Lazarus, Daddy, or Medusa, Sylvia would be thinking on custard or banana bread or buying the lamb for the […]

World Book Day in Harrogate

On World Book Day (Thursday of this week, 1st March) I’ll be in Harrogate for an interview with Radio York. We’ll be sitting on a rather posh bed in the front window of a shop (To Catch A Dream in Montpellier Street) offering new books for old. 10.30am to 11.30am. You can listen live on […]

It’s all right to attack a politician’s religion

We have a Mormon running for the White House and an Opus Dei cultist in the UK Cabinet. This piece from Johann Hari‘s site was originally published in The Independent.

Pablo Neruda

Love – by Pablo Neruda Because of you, in gardens of blossoming flowers I ache from the perfumes of spring. I have forgotten your face, I no longer remember your hands; how did your lips feel on mine? Because of you, I love the white statues drowsing in the parks, the white statues that have […]

The EcoDepot

I visited this building, which is the new office space for the people responsible for York’s waste and recycling collections and highway maintenance. The walls of the building are made from straw bales which are held together on a timber frame. This results in an environment so highly insulated that it is three times more […]