In a recent Irish Times article, I read that library staff voted against co-operating with the new government initiative of ‘staffless’ libraries. Many authors have come out against the scheme and at first, I thought I agreed, but having considered the benefits, now I’m not so sure. The other day, I was in town and thought,… Continue reading The Future Of Libraries
I was lucky at school, because the novels I studied for both state exams became life-long friends. I was nervous of the classics to begin with, but I quickly identified with Dickens’s Pip from Great Expectations and fell in love with the Yorkshire moors of Wuthering Heights. I learned to appreciate these two literary greats,… Continue reading Learning To Love Books
I love finding old notes, especially when they are hidden in the pages of an old book. I recently had occasion to rifle through an old French grammar book of mine, (swotting up for my novel set in France) when I found a note from a dear college friend. To anyone else, it’s not… Continue reading Between the pages…
I was like a bit of a tourist in my own native land last week, when I decided to visit Trinity College in Dublin for the first time. It’s a fascinating place, all cobblestone walkways and tour guides dressed like Sherlock Holmes (not sure what that was about!). But my destination, of course, was… Continue reading The Long Room Library, Trinity College.