Into the Shock of It

Last summer I started swimming in the sea, something that I’d never been particularly fond of as a child. Although I loved to swim I grew up a good 2-hour drive from the coast and I didn’t enjoy the way the waves seemed to pounce, making me cough as I inhaled sea water, eyes stingingContinue reading “Into the Shock of It”

A Bit Too

Another midnight poetic musing, dedicated to anyone else currently feeling a bit too… ♥️ I am a bit too.  Too needy. Too afraid. Too emotional. Too expressive. Too many words. Too many thoughts.  Too much overthinking. Too many times expecting more. Too many times pushed back, no. Too much love in my too big heart.Continue reading “A Bit Too”

Springtime in Dublin

It is April, the month of becoming. After a windy, grey winter, Dublin is awash with colour. The tentative daffodils, bringing the first promise of Spring, have been joined by bright red tulips and grape hyacinths of vivid blue. Silver birches are sprouting the smallest, greenest leaves, and cherry trees droop under boughs heavy withContinue reading “Springtime in Dublin”

#14 (2020) Orchid and The Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes

My pre-lock down mosey around Chapters led to my buying Ali Smith’s Girl Meets Boy (thoughts here), and Caoilinn Hughes’s Orchid and the Wasp. I’d seen Hughes’s book while it was still in hardback and enjoyed the first few pages when I’d leafed through it in the shop. The end result, however, was not soContinue reading “#14 (2020) Orchid and The Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes”

#13 (2020) The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

There aren’t many books I re-read year after year, but The Lesser Bohemians is one of them. Last year I bought this paperback copy specifically so that I could take it on my trip to California. Now I associate it with pre-dawn jet-lagged mornings, drinking tea in the cosy reading corner in my friend’s lovelyContinue reading “#13 (2020) The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride”

#12 (2020) The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

Next up on my March 2020 reads was The Fellowship of the Ring (FotR), the first novel in Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy (LotR). It has been years since I read these books and I vividly recall finding them quite a tough read as a teenager (the second half of The Two TowersContinue reading “#12 (2020) The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien”

#11 (2020) Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith

Ali Smith’s Girl Meets Boy was a lovely little slip of a book. A brief 161 pages of characteristically lovely writing and clever storytelling. Smith’s novels are always full of the unexpected and are all the richer for it. Girl meets boy. It’s a story as old as time. But what happens when an oldContinue reading “#11 (2020) Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith”

#10 (2020) A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

I was lured towards A Woman is No Man in Hodges Figgis at the start of the year thanks to its bright cover and striking title. The feminist in me got all prickly and I was interested to see what it was all about. Palestine, 1990. Seventeen-year-old Isra prefers reading books to entertaining the suitorsContinue reading “#10 (2020) A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum”

6 Months in Ireland

This weekend marks 6 months since I moved to Ireland to begin my PhD adventure! It’s not quite how I expected my six-monthiversary to look. As of Thursday 12th March the country is on lockdown because of Covid19; schools and universities have been closed and I’ve spent the week working from home. I’m definitely anContinue reading “6 Months in Ireland”