Happy Belated Birthday Sir Walter Scott!

August 15th was  the birthday of Scottish poet, writer and playwright  (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832). Scott was a 1st Baronet who wrote poems and historical novels.  He has the distinction in being the first english language author to achieve international fame in his own lifetime.  Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and the Lady of the Lake still remainContinue reading “Happy Belated Birthday Sir Walter Scott!”

Watched – Enid (Blyton)

Bonham Carter as Enid Blyton When I was a child, Enid Blyton was my favorite author. She was beloved of most children: a wonderful storyteller whose stories kept you entranced. But I often wondered what Blyton was  like as a person. Helena Bonham Carter was, at first glance, a surprising choice, to play Blyton in thisContinue reading “Watched – Enid (Blyton)”

Poetry Challenge The Arnolfini Marriage

It’s day 7 of the my person challenge to blog each day for a week on Bookstains.  As I haven’t put a poetry challenge on for a long time I thought that today was a good as time as any.  The Arnolfini Portrait is a very famous painting, painted on oak panel by Dutch artist Jan VanContinue reading “Poetry Challenge The Arnolfini Marriage”

A beautiful walk

It’s day 6 in my personal challenge to blog every day for a week on Bookstains. I heard a song ages ago.  It was one of those songs which just keeps going round and round in your head, but try as you may, you just can’t see to remember where it came from!  I couldn’tContinue reading “A beautiful walk”