Selected Poem: ‘Whatifs’ by Shel Silverstein

In these days of uncertainty, made even more so in this present climate , I think everyone can relate to this poem. ‘Whatfs’ is a playful poem relating to our own personal fears and writtten imaginatively from a child’s point of view by American poet, artist, cartoonist and playwright Sheldon Allan Silverstein (September 25, 1930 –Continue reading “Selected Poem: ‘Whatifs’ by Shel Silverstein”

Happy Robert Burns Night and an Address to a Haggis!

It’s Burns Night tonight. A traditional celebration to celebrate the great Scottish Poet Robert Burns birthday (b. 1759 – 1796).  Best known for his poem Auld Lang Syne, The Burns Supper tradition was first held in his cottage by  his friends in 1801 to mark the 5th anniversary of Burns death. Ayreshire merchants,  many whomContinue reading “Happy Robert Burns Night and an Address to a Haggis!”

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe!

Today is the birthday of most celebrated American author, editor, poet and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe (b. Boston Massachusetts) USA 1809 – 1849) Poe is famous for his lurid tales of the macabre and mystery. He is considered an early pioneer of the short story and the inventor of the detective fiction genre andContinue reading “Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe!”

Happy Birthday A A Milne – it’s National Winnie the Pooh Day!

Today is the birthday of British children’s author Alan Alexander Milne (1882 – 1956) the author is best known for his books about Winnie the Pooh and children’s poems. Its also National Winnie the Poooh Day! Born in Kilburn,  London, Milne  grew up at Henley House school,  a small public school ran by his father.  One ofContinue reading “Happy Birthday A A Milne – it’s National Winnie the Pooh Day!”

‘The Road to Domestos (with or without mop bucket)’ part 1

‘Something shifted today Something I thought I’d lost But had simply gone astray I found that I had gotten over The pale goodbyes – those white cliffs of Dover Something shifted today. I can’t go on hating And actually participating With this wall of resounding pain. No gain. Lynda M Roberts 2020 This poem wasContinue reading “‘The Road to Domestos (with or without mop bucket)’ part 1”

Happy New Year!

After a fairly long hiatus, Bookstains reactivated last year. Slowly but surely, starting back in April ( no coincidence this…). Although only 18 posts (19 counting this) I remain positive, optimistic and have many ideas regarding Bookstains direction. Lots of drafts, reviews, poetry to be undertaken, including the poetry challenges which proved popular. Many ofContinue reading “Happy New Year!”