Category Archives: Current reading

Poetical Works of Henry Lawson

1867-1922 Born in a tent on Grenfell goldfields.  Father a Norse sailor turned goldfield digger and a Kentish mother of gypsy blood and tradition. He seems to have led a mostly nomadic life, crossing oceans as well as  working on … Continue reading

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Guy Butler books reach top of reading pile

Hurrah, just started reading  two by Laurie Lee: Selected  Poems  and  A Rose For Winter  (a travel book of his visit to Andalusia via Gibraltar published in 1955.  My how the world has changed it seems). the better news is … Continue reading

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Mike Doyle: A Splinter of Glass

Mike Doyle:  A Splinter of Glass I found this in a local Cambridge bookshop.   Now I am finding out a bit more about the author and his other writing.   Born in Birmingham, UK and moved to New Zealand after the … Continue reading

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Poetry by Jeffrey Wainwright and Ruth Padel’s 52 Ways of looking at a poem

Two books I have now lined up, should I read them both at the same time?  Or which one first?   I think its heads or tails time: I have not checked out current availability of either.   I like Ruth Padel’s … Continue reading

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Three Books: ‘The Parish’, by John Clare; ‘Socially Speaking’; ‘Apples’, new ed.: there’s variety!

Rising from a bed of writing-lethargy I now have these three books clamouring for attention!!   Let alone all the other ideas that are currently hiding in corners and under duvets,  with one or two sheltering under buckets in the garden. … Continue reading

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On finding: Poems of John Clare’s Madness: ed. Geoffrey Grigson

Just found this copy in a local secondhand bookshop.  I knew of it but never had a copy as I do not go searching for specific titles, just find what I find, as it were. I have a long-standing interest … Continue reading

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