I went ‘wild’ camping in the Scottish Highlands and it was nothing like camping in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was a tall order, thinking I could wild camp for ten days in the Scottish Highlands. I’ve been camping before – as a child, with friends, or at festivals – but I’ve never been […]Read more "Muggles go Wild Camping"
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit (a much anticipated reread, and because getting lost is the whole point) City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (big enough to last me days) Attrib by Eley Williams (short stories for short tempers) Ariel by Sylvia Plath (a little poetry goes a long way) Crow by […]Read more "A Reading List for Wild Camping in The Scottish Highlands"
Reading T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land is synonymous with literary snobbery, especially if one claims to understand the entire thing. As I’ve written before, and as I will most likely be writing for for years to come, The Waste Land fucks me up, strips back everything I thought I knew about reading and writing and forces me to […]Read more "I learnt The Tarot so I could become a better reader"
One morning I woke up and knew that I wanted to run. But after getting dressed and having a quick look round the house, the desire was suddenly gone. I sat down in a chair and stared at the floor and waited for something to happen. After a while I began to cry. Slowly everything […]Read more "Photographs Rendered in Words"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This week brings reading locations, musings on creativity, a sassy writer, english teachers, and a new lit mag. Oh and, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Enjoy. Where do you read? Lit Hub never fails to have excellent literary essays – this one […]Read more "Pixel Picks. XV"
Novellas and novels are quick and easy, and for me, only take a few days to get through. Sometimes I read so quickly I lose track, or I get to the last page before I’ve fully appreciated the nuances of the story, writing, characters. Being the slutty reader I am, if a book is under […]Read more "Tomes"
Every year, usually when the days begin to get shorter, the nights longer, and the cold gives me an excuse to stay inside, I re-read the entire Harry Potter series. Some years I will binge read them all within two weeks, surfacing dazed and drunk on words (when this happens I mope around for a […]Read more "Emotional Baggage: The Power of Re-reading"