On the bare necessities

When I was younger, I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder ‘Little House’ books. I remember getting them all over various birthdays and Christmases. I don’t know what I loved so much about them – I wasn’t particularly attached to American

On the bare necessities

When I was younger, I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder ‘Little House’ books. I remember getting them all over various birthdays and Christmases. I don’t know what I loved so much about them – I wasn’t particularly attached to American

An ode to Odense

I should probably fill you in on what I have been doing the last few days, and the books that I have been reading, but I visited Odense yesterday, the city that Hans Christian Anderson was born in, and my

An ode to Odense

I should probably fill you in on what I have been doing the last few days, and the books that I have been reading, but I visited Odense yesterday, the city that Hans Christian Anderson was born in, and my

On sixpence and shillings

When I stumbled across the Jacqueline Wilson exhibition at the Museum of Childhood on my first day in London, there was a replica of Jacqueline’s bedroom as a child, including a shelf of some of her favourite books growing up.

On sixpence and shillings

When I stumbled across the Jacqueline Wilson exhibition at the Museum of Childhood on my first day in London, there was a replica of Jacqueline’s bedroom as a child, including a shelf of some of her favourite books growing up.

On wandering through time

On my last night in London, I met up with my friend Lydia to go to a ‘still-life drama’ museum, called the Dennis Severs House in Spitalfield. Lydia discovered it while running an errand for work, noticing it because of

On wandering through time

On my last night in London, I met up with my friend Lydia to go to a ‘still-life drama’ museum, called the Dennis Severs House in Spitalfield. Lydia discovered it while running an errand for work, noticing it because of

On seeing words aloud

Last week, I was lucky enough to see a most wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ at The Globe in London. The Globe is an exact replica of the Globe Theatre which Shakespeare’s troupe performed in – there is space

On seeing words aloud

Last week, I was lucky enough to see a most wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ at The Globe in London. The Globe is an exact replica of the Globe Theatre which Shakespeare’s troupe performed in – there is space

On the essence of naughty children

I had booked a ticket to go see Matilda before I left Australian shores, so when there a damaged copy of the book appeared in the staffroom of the bookshop where I was working, I snapped it up. I had,

On the essence of naughty children

I had booked a ticket to go see Matilda before I left Australian shores, so when there a damaged copy of the book appeared in the staffroom of the bookshop where I was working, I snapped it up. I had,

On story settings being real

Does knowing the place that one is reading about increase one’s enjoyment of what one is reading? I loved reading Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke – I have read it before, and thoroughly enjoyed it previously, but a great deal

On story settings being real

Does knowing the place that one is reading about increase one’s enjoyment of what one is reading? I loved reading Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke – I have read it before, and thoroughly enjoyed it previously, but a great deal