The Goose is Getting Fat

A Christmas Poem and Analysis: Minstrels by William Wordsworth

UNESCO City of Literature Project

Have you checked to find out if you live in or near a UNESCO City of Literature? I found out recently that my nearest city, Nottingham, was granted this status in 2015. How did I miss that? If you check the UNESCO map or carry out an internet search you can quickly find out if a city close to you has been granted this status. Once you have done that you will be able to find out what is happening locally - talks, presentations, literary walks, requests for submissions, and much more.Whether you are a writer or a reader there will be something to grab your attention.

Historically, Nottinghamshire has produced internationally acclaimed writers who have stood the test of time, laying claim to Lord Byron, D.H.Lawrence, Stanley Middleton and Alan Sillitoe. There are also many contemporary writers working in and around the city, many of whom have a strong sense of place - John Harvey and Nicola Monaghan have located stories in Nottingham, and the poets Rosie Garner and Derrick Buttress have …

The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival - October 6th-15th

The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from Friday 6 through to Sunday 15 October 2017. This year the Festival, the oldest in England, promises to be bigger and better than ever, with some of the world’s finest writers, performers, politicians, and poets taking part in 550 events set in the heart of the beautiful Regency town. The theme this year will be Who Do We Think We Are, providing an umbrella for key questions about British identity and celebrating Britain’s rich literary and cultural heritage.
This year an added feature of the Festival is a new family-friendly Festival Village, offering loads of free activities for all the family.

Events to Mark the 200th Anniversary of the Death of Jane Austen

Jane Austen died, prematurely, at the age of 41, 200 years ago in July 1817. She is buried in Winchester cathedral and, as you might expect, the life of one of our best-loved writers is being celebrated in various events and exhibitions. The permanent exhibition in Winchester is worth visiting if you are in the area. The Jane Austen Museum and resource centre is in the house built by her brother, in which she lived for eight years, in nearby Chawton.

The Jane Austen Trail

Chapters From My Father's Autobiography, Ghostwritten by Me


Poetic Cacophony at its best 'Piano Player' by John Updike

My stick fingers click with a snicker
And, chuckling, they knuckle the keys;
Light-footed, my steel feelers flicker
And pluck from these keys melodies.

Player Piano by John Updike
Cacophony: A discordant series of harsh sounds that help to convey disorder. Enhanced by the combined effect of the meaning and the difficulty of pronunciation.