Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2019

Another November, another trip back to York for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival! This was the first year that I did five full days of the festival, but I also didn’t want to rush around too frantically: I wanted to have a relaxing holiday, instead of one spent dashing from the Yorkshire Museum to the…

19 for ’19, part 3: Different Places, Different Stories

For the past two years, I have been doing reading challenges, set either by myself or by someone else, which allowed me to broaden the reading that I do. However, this year, I confessed that the unread books on my shelves were piling up so much that I wanted to get through some of them…

19 for ’19, part 2: Worlds in Conflict

For the past two years, I have been doing reading challenges, set either by myself or by someone else, which allowed me to broaden the reading that I do. However, this year, I confessed that the unread books on my shelves were piling up so much that I wanted to get through some of them…

19 for ’19, part 1: Tales from an Untouched Bookshelf

For the past two years, I have been doing reading challenges, set either by myself or by someone else, which allowed me to broaden the reading that I do.  However, this year, I confessed that the unread books on my shelves were piling up so much that I wanted to get through some of them…

Welsh Diary II: Keep an eye on those Cockneys

In 2011 my friend Laura and I travelled around Wales and I wrote a diary about it for my friends to read on Facebook.  Here it is, a few years late and slightly edited. Day 2: Rhyl i Gonwy (Sunday, 3rd April 2011) At eight o’clock the next morning, we hit the road, in my…

Welsh Diary I: Doing the Little Things

In 2011 my friend Laura and I travelled around Wales and I wrote a diary about it for my friends to read on Facebook.  Here it is, a few years late and slightly edited. Day 1: Caer Efrog i Ryl (Saturday, 2nd April 2011) The thing about travel is that, once you have got home,…

19 for ’19: an Untouched Bookshelf (or several)

Happy new year!  As you might have seen in earlier posts, for the last couple of years I have been putting a bit more thought into what I read over the course of a year.  In 2017, I did (most of) a reading challenge that I had found on the internet; and in 2018, I…

18 for ’18, part 3: New Adventures

In January 2018, I wrote a post about a reading challenge I had set myself for 2018: to read 18 books (or other texts) that fitted into 18 categories. Unlike the challenge I did in 2017, these were categories which I set for myself: I set out to fill the gaps in my usual reading…

18 for ’18, part 2: Around the World, and Non-Fiction

In January 2018, I wrote a post about a reading challenge I had set myself for 2018: to read 18 books (or other texts) that fitted into 18 categories. Unlike the challenge I did in 2017, these were categories which I set for myself: I set out to fill the gaps in my usual reading…