Writedown: Lockdown in the Galloway Glens at the Time of Covid #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Writedown provides a unique record of life in Galloway, south west Scotland during lockdown through the work of 22 writers in a collection of lyrical poetry, desperate rants, humour and quiet endurance. They tell the story of a community encountering unprecedented times I came to this book wondering if these writers would have shared myContinue reading “Writedown: Lockdown in the Galloway Glens at the Time of Covid #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT”

Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Lost and Found on the River Thames) #BookReview

Mudlark:- noun.  A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for nearly twenty years, in pursuit of the objects the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hairpins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys.Continue reading “Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Lost and Found on the River Thames) #BookReview”

Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir

In this account of her first year of living on a barge in Rotterdam’s Oude Haven, Valerie Poore’s overriding impression is that “one of the first things you learn about living on a barge is that an awful lot of stuff is going to end up in the water”. The year in question is 2001,Continue reading “Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir”

#AtoZChallenge: B is for Black Beauty

This is the battered paper cover of my childhood copy of Black Beauty Black Beauty is an unforgettable story. I have never been on a horse, but Anna Sewell’s book made me identify with this gentle, constant character, who sometimes received cruel treatment but was always loyal to those who cared for him.  This autobiography, publishedContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge: B is for Black Beauty”