Songs of a Sourdough


This is a much-loved book. My dad's.
The pen was his too. 
C.Tracey etched in cursive script.
Same details as mine.

Public Reading - Donal Ryan


Back at a public library again! 

This time for a reading by author Donal Ryan.  We almost missed the event as when we applied for seats registration was already full.  A helpful staff member put us on a waiting list and sure enough some spaces became available.  We jumped at the chance to attend.

I love his writing and with the addition of his latest, the queen of dirt island, have all his books. The one he is reading from in the picture above gave him, and then his listeners, some amusement.  It was an early publication version and the cover had been presented upside down.  The sections he read though were powerful and his literary talents are assuredly the right way up.

At the library event he talked about the process of writing and the critical inputs of editors and family members. He invited questions and responded to these at length revealing in the process further insights into his literary journey.

We were delighted to hear that this current title invites a follow-up.

Thank you LibrariesNI.


Check out more on the book at this link.

Pen and Ink


The new King Charles III, is signing all sorts of documents these days and recently had some trouble with a fountain pen.  It may have been an official or a borrowed pen but in any case on this occasion it oozed ink and he complained this happens "every stinking time!"

I love writing with my pen. I'm left-handed and over time the nib has adapted to the way I write. Fountain pens are personal to the user.  The ink in mine flows brilliantly but might not if loaned to another, say right-handed user.

Ink residues are inevitable when filling and I keep a well-blotted napkin to wipe the barrel and remove excess.  

Love the ritual of filling the pen - every inking time! 

Vote here


A short break in Derry/Londonderry. A vibrant city with much going on.

Everywhere we went we felt very welcome.  There was a festival taking place - apparently there's always something going on - and we did plenty of walking.

Out and about, I couldn't resist snapping this pic of a refuse bin.

Yes, it's a tidy city too.

You've got our vote and we'll be back soon.

Library reading group


I haven't been to a Library Reading Group before and a bit unsure of what to expect.  But I have been enjoying The Black Dress by Deborah Moggach and am looking forward to discussing it.

I saw the flyer when borrowing a couple of books from my local library and since this was a title which suggested content that I wouldn't normally go for I thought I would give it a try.

Expand my literary horizons.

There's a reading group meeting each month and I figure it's both a stimulus and discipline for staying on track with reading goals.

I'm also told there'll be a cuppa and biscuits to relax participants into the discussion.

Read more:

Here's a link to more information on The Black Dress.

A bookmarked book


Judged a book by its bookmark!

I had ordered this very large book on the visual strength of its giveaway bookmark, a stack of which were on the counter at my favourite bookstore.

I picked the book up today and now cannot wait to get into it.  It is three books in one I'm told and "big as it is you'll not want it to end".

Here goes then... To Paradise.


Check out this link for more details about the book.