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I’m back!

Hello! Anyone still there?

I’m back to blogging business after my extended break – and with a picture of pigeons wearing hats too, just to strike a suitable note of celebration.

Normal service will resume shortly: the next few posts will be dedicated to a few notable and/or interesting things I’ve seen during my weeny blog holiday.

[Image from Nassmerder via Tumblr]

blog holiday

I’m taking a short break from blogging for a while. I’m not sure when I’ll next be back here, but in the meantime you might find me on tumblr here, on twitter here or even on delicious here.

Au revoir for now!

[Image from A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson illustrated by Brian Wildsmith — via Tumblr]

(belated) happy holidays

I’ve been absent for a while: a beautiful snow-white Christmas has been and gone, and now, all of a sudden, it’s almost a whole new decade. December has been an insanely busy month for me: I spent most of it either being ill or working on completing my masters dissertation, which I finally submitted on 23 December. Hurrah!

Now the dissertation is at long last completed, I’m anticipating a delightful 2010 including lots of lovely and frivolous things, and not much reading of serious books or indeed learning of any kind. And I’m also looking forward to spending more time here.

Hope everyone has had a jolly holiday – and happy new year!

[This lovely festive illustration is by J.P. Miller and comes via Grainedit]

catching up

I’m back in London again, on a soft and greyish day. It’s really starting to feel like autumn here: walking through Bunhill Fields last week through the first falling leaves, wearing a jacket and boots for the first time, was a picture-perfect autumn moment.

It’s been a very, very hectic couple of weeks. I’ve spent a lot of time on trains, going here, there and everywhere in my work capacity. I’ve been to the Edinburgh Book Festival, as well as various other events and meetings, and have also been organising an exhibition of picture book illustrations and an accompanying event as part of the launch festival for the new Free Word Centre. And this weekend I was in Coventry for a conference of librarians – what a truly glamorous life I lead!

In any spare moments (few and far between) I’ve been trying to fit in my university studies, spending time in the library, and working, very slowly, on my dissertation. Even though getting it done is posing me with something of a challenge at the moment, I’m nonetheless enjoying it. I’m also glad it gives me the perfect excuse to head north on a regular basis, as I’m still studying at Manchester University.

Unfortunately, all this leaves little time for blogging or indeed writing of any kind: I haven’t even managed to write in my faithful diary for months. Interestingly, I’ve noticed this blog is increasingly drifting towards being more of an ‘arts’ type blog than the personal blog it once was. I’m not quite sure why that is, except maybe it’s simply easier to write about impersonal things – books, exhibitions – when you are super busy, because there just isn’t much time or brainpower left to have many interesting ‘personal’ thoughts.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to getting the dissertation finished and then I can (at least occasionally) have a life, and a perhaps even a brain, once again.

However, in the meantime there are, nevertheless, some good writing things happening. The most exciting is that I’m going to have some work published in the latest anthology from Litfest’s excellent publishing imprint, Flax. Mostly Truthful is Flax’s first nonfiction prose anthology, and also features work by Kate Feld, Adrian Slatcher and Jane Routh. There will also be a launch event as part of the Litfest programme in October at which we’ll all be (eek) appearing and (even more eek) reading from our work. You can check out the event and maybe even book a ticket to see it, right here.

P.S. follow the yellow brick road also pops up on Kate’s Cultureometer over at the excellent Creative Tourist this month. Check it out here.

P.P.S. Look who’s joined me down here in London Town – yep, it’s my most glamorous blogging compatriot, the fabulous Ms Coco Laverne!

[Image via lavendardays on we heart it]

london adventures: what I’ve been doing

Visiting the ICA for bookshop browsing and the Poor.Old.Tired.Horse exhibition about text-based art and concrete poetry; wandering across Wandsworth Common and Battersea Park; loving the Barbican Library; investigating local watering holes and discovering secret, leafy Islington canals; eating many a Brick Lane bagel; admiring the beautiful exhibition spaces at the Raven Row gallery; catching up with old friends; tea and lemon cake in the National Gallery cafe; escaping the South Kensington weekend crowds in the Natural History Museum’s sweet little wildlife garden; watching rainstorms from the balcony; al fresco drinks and people-watching by the river at Gordon’s Wine Bar; retro ten-pin bowling and root beer; meandering through the Whitechapel Gallery; cooking up yummy vegetarian delights for a birthday dinner; reading, writing, thinking, planning; following the yellow line around the Barbican and maybe starting to have an idea where I might be going to…