“The Librarian” by Salley Vickers

“We emphatically do not want to find that we have reached such a state of dearth in our society that we must provide food banks for the imagination as well as, as we so regrettably have to do today, for the physical body.”Salley Vickers It took thunder and lightning to stop me reaching the end […]

Reading Deborah Levy

I don’t know Deborah Levy but I’ve been spending the weekend in the company of her words and considering writing some of them down in here. Because they’re memorable but also so I’ll remember them, memory being a coming and going kind of ability sometimes. The weekend began early, sometime in the week, with a […]

Restless

A restless Sunday. Traditionally, these days, Sunday is my day of rest. A day for reading things that aren’t academic. But today I’m restless. The news being made up of lies, reactions to lies, and analyses of both, has sent me out walking to avoid any more of it. But still I’m restless. Restless, on […]

“Are You Somebody?”

I’m all grown up now. Walking abroad this January Saturday “in a shower of all my days”. As all grown up as I will probably ever be, which is enough for me. Happy walking about here in my own skin, on this day before a birthday. It certainly isn’t “my thirtieth year to heaven” as […]

I’m Not Reading Enough: A Confession

I’m not reading enough. Early on a Friday evening I’m sat here at home in the room where I mostly write these blog posts, writing happily. Joni Mitchell’s singing over in the corner. I’d call it ‘in the background’ except it isn’t. Joni’s singing good and loud: ‘The guy at the gas pumps he’s got […]

Early Morning in the Library

I love these early mornings here in the university library. Getting the bus before the into work and school rush and squash begins. Then into here before it begins filling up for the day. Knowing I’m part of that filling up. Yet still, early on like now, the place feeling like mine. Like I’ve come […]