Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A book Launch

Invited to the book launch of Ronnie Kasrils 'Unlikely Secret Agent' at my local library. If the snow has not stopped the buses I'll be there. The review of the book makes for fascinating reading. It is set in 1963 South Africa, in Durban and tells the story of Elenor Ronnie's wife and her role as a secret agent for the ANC. To quote from the blurb of the book 'This remarkable story of a young woman's courage and daring at a time of increasing repression in apartheid South Africa is told here for the first time with great verve and elan by Eleanor's husband, Ronnie Kasrils, who eventually became South Africa's Minister of Intelligence Services in 2004. He is the author of a bestselling autobiography, Armed and Dangerous.'

Monday, 29 November 2010

Reading & Charity

Apart from dipping into Szmyborska's poetry I decided to start on the first book for my course on 'World Literature: The Nobel Prize.' One of the set books for the course is Naipaul's 'Enigma of Arrival.' I've read a few of his books but not this one. The opening pages are descriptions of a tiny piece of Wiltshire written with a sharp eye and lucid prose. A bit melancholic so far, hope it gets better as I progress through the book. I am also enjoying reading the little book on 'Coffee with Michaelangelo' and learning so much that I did not know about him, his poetry for a start!

In my mail today I had one of these charity organisations asking for a Chritsmas donation. I salute them all for their sterling work but implore them to spend less on the freebies they are sending me to get my attention. It has grown from pens, stationery, wrapping paper, personalised cards to a CD of Christmas songs! I'd rather they spend that money on the cause.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Snow and more snow

Snow and more snow, pretty as a postcard from inside a warm house. I see a car wind its way out (maybe for church) and marvel at the stark beauty of mother nature. Would I like to drive in it? Maybe not. Today I can indulge in more of Szymborska or start on Naipaul's 'Enigma of Arrival'. The perfect day to curl up with a book.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Sun and Snow

Sun and snow what a wonderful combination! In Szymborska's poem 'Miracle Fair' she draws our attention to
'Commonplace miracle:
that so many commonplace miracles happen.
A miracle, for what else could you call it:
today the sun rose at three-fourteen
and will set at eight-o-one.'

Her words entrall me simple and perfectly put together to warm my heart.

Friday, 26 November 2010


November is almost over and I have been so remiss with my blog. So the new resolution even before the New Year ones begin is to write at least a weekly one. Now that is in black and white I must keep it up. Even a brief weekly update would be a good start.
Well, the exciting news is the Diwali event at my local Milngavie Bookshop.A full meal and more than just a book reading to give people a flavour of a Diwali evening is the general idea. The owner is going out of the way to make her 'World in Books' series a real eye-opener to the local community. She has already hosted a Scottish one in January, an Irish book day, an American one in July, a French one if I remember right and now the Indian one on Dec 2nd.I will be posting some pics of the event.
With my daughter's help I also started the Glasgow Lit Corner Blog and it is time consuming but wonderful to see so many are on board. It is so useful to know the events taking place just for the written word and in Glasgow. It would have been too onerous a task to cover other parts of Scotland. If you have an upcoming event in Glasgow do add it to the blog.

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