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Books read in 2016: No.12 – Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson

Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel by Zachary Thomas Dodson  2015, Doubleday, 9780385539838 It's been a few weeks since I finished this book... and I still can't decide if it was wonderful or awful. Design-wise it is certainly lots of fun to read, with illustrations, pull out maps and a mysterious letter pasted tantalisingly into the back.… Continue reading Books read in 2016: No.12 – Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson

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Books read in 2016 – no.9 Wildwood by Roger Deakin

Wildwood: A Journey through Trees by Roger Deakin, 2007 This is a lovely book but very slightly overlong I felt. After the international, adventurous search for the Mother of All Apple Trees (!!!), the final few chapters felt like a bit of a slog for me. I also found myself getting upset on occasion. This is a… Continue reading Books read in 2016 – no.9 Wildwood by Roger Deakin

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Books read in 2016 – no.6 Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock

Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence (Griffin & Sabine Trilogy #1) by Nick Bantock, 1991 I'm re-reading these books in advance of the 25th anniversary publication of a follow up work - The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's lost correspondence in a few weeks time.  I remember the awe I felt first opening this book all those years ago. It… Continue reading Books read in 2016 – no.6 Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock

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Arts funding and ‘The Glasgow Effect’

Creative Scotland posted some information today about the project Ellie Harrison has been given £15,000 to undertake. Many people are, understandably, upset for a variety of reasons but this post makes it clear it's intended as a research project - and quite an interesting one too, imo. The main problem seems to be with Ellie… Continue reading Arts funding and ‘The Glasgow Effect’

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Books read in 2015 – no.s 10, 11, 13-16 – Greek and Roman mythology

Earlier this year I completed a MOOC (an online course) in Greek and Roman mythology. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It was well presented and entertaining as well as informative. The course followed a weekly structure of reading, video lectures and assessment. (I scored really well - which was a delicious boost to start… Continue reading Books read in 2015 – no.s 10, 11, 13-16 – Greek and Roman mythology