Book Review: ‘The Silent Companions‘ by Laura Purcell

The first book I have read in absolutely ages. I have made a resolution to read books which have been piling up for ages. At last I have managed to get my concentration back by reading a little per night. Before I knew it, I began to get absorbed again into the pages, just likeContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Silent Companions‘ by Laura Purcell”

Into the Read

In the beginning, Echostains, my art blog, featured art history, design, film, book reviews – in short a pot pouri of art/arts related topics. I then decided to transfer the book and film reviews and subjects to another blog. Thus Bookstains was born. Content on Bookstains has been sporadic, to say the least over theContinue reading “Into the Read”

Haiku: Lords a reaping

With reference to the Lord of Misrule. Traditionally, he is appointed at Christmas time to preside over the Feast of Fools. First in my new occasional series ‘End of Days’ where I dilute (and believe me, I do dilute) my political outrage into a Haiku. Its been a daily occurrence (my outrage and despair) sinceContinue reading “Haiku: Lords a reaping”

Poem: Orb Worship Revisited

I see a bit of sunshine and at once my spirits are uplifted and borne away on a sunlit day, so artfully. Let’s hope there’s more of it around the corner. I was reminded of this poem I wrote, so I’ve revisited it. Orb Even the shite shines golden, You can see why the DruidsContinue reading “Poem: Orb Worship Revisited”

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!”