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July 22, 2007


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For oh you’re like a ghost in your own home
Nobody hears U crying all alone
Oh U are the one true really voiceless one
They have their backs turned to you for worship of
Gold and stone.
(From ‘Out of The Depths’)

The themes of all the songs in this new Sinead O’Connor album come directly from the Old Testament. The Song of Songs, Jeremiah, and the Psalms are all quoted extensively and intermingled throughout as O’Connor sings of God, his love, and the abandonment of his people as related in Scripture. Tragic in places and joyful in others, O’Connor gives a musical interpretation of Old Testament passages that is emotional whilst at the same time balanced and fair.

St Deiniol's Library

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I recently returned from a very productive week at St Deiniol’s library in Hawarden, Flintshire. Its numerous books relating to nineteenth century theology proved invaluable for my research. Set in beautiful surroundings and in easy reach of Chester, the library was a lovely place to stay.

June 23, 2007

The Night Watch


To view my Damaris study guide to Sarah Waters’ novel, The Night Watch, click here.

May 28, 2007

Adrienne Rich quote

My heart is touched by all I cannot save;
So much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot in with those who
with no extraordinary power
re-constitute the world.

From: Adrienne Rich, ‘Natural Resources’, in The Dream of a Common Language (New York, W&W Norton, 177), p.67

April 01, 2007

Poetry in Stitches

The aim of this collaborative project between The National Needlework Archive and Poems in the Waiting Room to promote two important cultural media and present them in an exciting new way to allow a new perception of each in relation to the other. Thousands of people will have the chance to see this literary and visual fusion in places like hospitals, airports, stations, offices and government buildings over a period of six to twelve months.

At the ‘Sewing for Pleasure’ and ‘Hobbycrafts’ exhibition that I attended on Thursday in the Birmingham NEC, I came across a stand promoting this exciting community art project. After speaking to the co-ordinators, I was enthused to buy the book and have been poring over it since. Full of textile pieces (embroidered, quilted, printed and painted) inspired by a huge variety of poems by writers from Shakespeare and Milton to Wendy Cope and structured in four sections according to the essence of the season reflected by each piece, the book is well presented and hugely inspiring.

Due to the success of the project and the book, the authors are bringing out Poetry in Stitches 2 next year.

March 27, 2007

UK GradSchool

Last week I attended a five day UK Grad School in Windermere. I spent a couple of days beforehand having a look around the area since, as I anticipated, most of the course was spent inside the hotel. I hope to write a bit more about the experiences I benefited from whilst away but for now I thought I’d just post a few of the pictures I took.


Dove Cottage:
dove cottage


windermere 2

windermere 3

December 10, 2006

PersonalDNA test

After seeing this on Anna’s blog decided to try it myself.

Here is a section from my results:

July 23, 2006

Life Lines: Poets for Oxfam

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Life Lines

I purchased this CD a couple of weeks ago and am really impressed by the quality of the 69 poems it contains. All read by the poets themselves, the poems focus on diverse subjects from terrorism and war to growing old and falling in love.

Poets who contributed to this CD include: Andrew Motion, Benjamin Zephaniah, Carol Ann Duffy, Pam Ayres, Helen Farish and Pascale Petit.

The cost is only £4.99 and the money raised from its sales goes to Oxfam itself.

June 08, 2006

Voice Training

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I learnt many useful skills at the voice training session that I attended recently. Most helpful was the advice to think of each word as you say it. For example, thinking of the colours 'black', 'pink' etc whilst saying them makes my voice sound less monotone.
It was also helpful to learn to stand firm and breathe effectively.
The course was definitely worth attending if only to take away a couple of ideas and to gain an insight into the basics of voice production and control.

Fact or Fiction?

Re–considering the Da Vinci Code after a talk given on it in relation to Bible reliability led me to consider the thin line that exists between fact and fiction in the public consciousness and our possible debt to the Victorians who, it seems, substantially narrowed the chasm between reality and fantasy. The fact that the BBC receives baby clothes when a TV character gives birth and that actors who play villains receive hate mail reflects the phenomenon that perhaps goes back to the nineteenth–century when Dickens received hundreds of letters asking him to spare Paul Dombey and enquiring what characters were up to once the book had ended? It seems that, in our attitudes towards popular novels and TV, we are not so far removed from the Victorian sense of friendship with novel characters such as Jane Eyre or sense of love for Heathcliffe.

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