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Good Canary

Forgot to mention that we went to see Good Canary at Kingston's Rose Theatre last week. Star role played by the brilliantly intense Freya Mavor, who plays a speed addict. It's directed by John Malkovich - his UK's theatre directorial debut. Will try and post more about it later.

Glenda Jackson is King Lear

Yup, and I have tickets. We popped in to get them yesterday having attended a course nearby. How could any theatre-goer miss the chance to see Glenda Jackson's first theatre performance in over twenty-five years? And as King Lear? She shares the Old Vic stage with Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, and Celia Imrie. Currently on the same stage is Lisa Dwan's No's Knife - more Beckett; she is to Beckett what fellow Irish actor Fiona Shaw is to T.S. Lawrence. I still haven't seen Fiona Shaw perform, which is terrible considering... I'm sure I've posted on here before referring to her mag-nif-i-cent performance of The Wasteland, the ipad app! Her tone, delivery, mannerisms... are all just perfect.

So, a lot to look forward to on the theatre front.

Music is on my mind at the moment - a lot.

Maybe it's trying to topple reading off its former pedestal. Skepta won the Mercury Prize 2016, which was a surprise. I had thought that Michael Kiwanuka would be a shoe-in, but he&#…

Booker Shortlist announced

It's been a while... I know. Dog walking on the Downs, a bit of theatre, a bit of baking, a bit of writing etcetera etcetera. I also managed to read two complete books in the past month, which I was so pleased about. I had not read a whole book for about a year. The first was A Lie About My Father by Scottish poet/writer, John Burnside; a very well written memoir about father and son, but like all memoirs, some unreliability I felt. Poignant and tragic in equal measure. Then my husband returned from Cyprus (too hot for me this time of year, I can barely cope with England!) with Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong. He loved it. And then I read it and also loved it. I had originally picked it up several years ago but didn't get beyond Amiens, where the first section is set, but was really glad I did this time around. Another incredibly well written book in the style of a good Victorian! I felt a bit unsure about bits of Elizabeth, in the later section, but I have never learnt so muc…