Happy Birthday Charles Dickens! Authors I have read – Charles Dickens

Note: This is a W.A.R. post to commemorate Charles Dickens birthday. W.A.R. what is it good for? (Worth A Reblog ) Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors of all time – I just love his characterisations and observations concerning the quirkiness of human behaviour.  I have read nearly all his books, but thereContinue reading “Happy Birthday Charles Dickens! Authors I have read – Charles Dickens”

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 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!”

Great lines: Gertrude The Countess of Groan (Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake)

Quotes from films, plays and books ‘There is nowhere else, you will only tread in a circle, Titus Groan. There’s not a road, not a track, but it will lead you home. For everything comes to Gormenghast.’ This is the warning Gertrude Groan, 76th Countess of Groan gives to her son Titus as he isContinue reading “Great lines: Gertrude The Countess of Groan (Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake)”

Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!

English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (2nd June 1840 – 11th January 1928) Dorset, England focused his work on the decline of rural society. He was a great fan of Charles Dickens and George Elliot. His romantic poetry was influenced by William Wordsworth. Hardy regarded himself foremost, as a poet. His first poetry collection was published inContinue reading “Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!”

Exhibition Review ‘From Hamlet to Hollywood’ The Barley Hall York

There promises to be a lot more activity on Bookstains this year – and a lot of changes.  It seems that these days that everyone and their wives are doing poetry challenges,  so I feel that it is time to close mine in order to retain some originality.  I shall still be featuring poetry but it shallContinue reading “Exhibition Review ‘From Hamlet to Hollywood’ The Barley Hall York”

Book: The worst street by Fiona Rule

Where does the time fly to?  It is a couple of weeks or so since I last posted on here.  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy reading though – or watching.  I have now finished ‘The worst street in London’ by Fiona Rule.  The street in question is Dorset Street, Spitalfields London.  I wasContinue reading “Book: The worst street by Fiona Rule”

The empty Bookcase (nearly)

   Well I finished my Flashback challenge a while ago, and I shall be writing about it (eventually).  I’ve read an assortment of books lately like ‘The worse Street in London’ by Fiona Rule (introduction by Peter Ackroyd) and the Dukan Diet by Dr pierre Dukan.  Talking of Ackroyd I have just bought Ackroyds ‘Hawksmoor’ and ‘Wolf Hall’ byContinue reading “The empty Bookcase (nearly)”