Ruso at the Seaside for World Book Day – 7 March

I'll be deep in the Celtic heartlands to celebrate World Book Day this Thursday, taking Ruso and Tilla  to Ilfracombe Library.  Dug the Iron Age Man (not a character, but a facial reconstruction) will be there too. There will be an element of suspense to the proceedings, for me if not for everyone else, as … Continue reading Ruso at the Seaside for World Book Day – 7 March

Portrait of the writer wondering where to put her books

Above is one of the largest and loveliest of all the books here at Downie Towers. Apart from a brief trip to the radiator to have its photo taken, it lives on the floor. It's too big and heavy to go anywhere else. However - if the property gods are kind (and here in the … Continue reading Portrait of the writer wondering where to put her books

Lichfield Literature

Lots of good things happening in Lichfield in the first week of October. The  lineup for this year's literature festival is here and includes Adam Hart-Davis, Sophie Hannah, Douglas Hurd, Val McDermid, Eleanor Bron, Lionel Blue, and Colin Dexter.  There is also, in the lower right-hand corner of the webpage, a writer of mysteries set in … Continue reading Lichfield Literature

“Can libraries survive in a digital world?”

Once upon a time in the town of my birth,  you could hop on the train and travel to practically anywhere in the country. Then the rail system was 'modernised'. Why did we need to spend money running all these little stations, when people could use their own cars? Door-to-door! So much more convenient! Forty … Continue reading “Can libraries survive in a digital world?”