Swithering » swither (Scots), v.: to be uncertain, in two minds, to doubt, waver, or dither.

The Reading Life: 2018

January 21, 2019 | No Comments

You can tell by the length of this list that not a lot of writing got done in 2018! Oops. Still, I almost hit my goal of reading one hundred books in a year, so every cloud etc…..

As usual, I’ve asterisked those that I particularly enjoyed. Once again I never read enough poetry, and once again it was the poetry that helped me the most. I’ll be eternally grateful for Mary Oliver, Robin Robertson and Helen Dunmore. My gender split errs more towards men than women this year …

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The Reading Life: 2017

January 9, 2018 | No Comments

Darn it, one year I WILL read one hundred books! In 2017 I didn’t even get close. Nevertheless (this is becoming my go-to word, that’s what happens when you read…

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The Reading Life: 2016

December 31, 2016 | One Comment

“It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times,” writes Ali Smith in the opening of Autumn, (a book I’ve just started), and, damn, ain’t that the…

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A Fork in the Road

September 5, 2016 | 2 Comments

In the middle of June, I packed books, pinboards, a laptop, wellies, a holdall of tatty clothes, and Dougie the dog into the car, and headed for the Scottish Borders.…

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Notes on an Essay

August 9, 2016 | 4 Comments

I’ve often remarked that I’m a slow writer, but I’m not sure folks really get how slow. I’m not talking slow-food slow here; you’d starve to death waiting for me to cook…

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