Last month, for the third summer in a row, I had the pleasure of attending the Sisterhood Camp summer retreat. This year’s camp was held at fforest in Wales, on the edge on the Teifi marshes nature reserve, a location that I was happy to return to after last year’s family adventure and November’s frosty Sisterhood winter retreat.
My most recent choice for The Year in Books was A Writer’s Diary, Leonard Woolf’s selection of extracts from the diary of Virginia Woolf. I’m still slowly working my way though it, marvelling at Woolf’s incredible mastery of language, fascinated by the stories from her everyday life. In June, although I didn’t record it here, I
For twenty years now I’ve been crossing the channel to France to stay in my parent’s simple stone cottage in the Pays de la Loire. I visited first in my late teens, when days were leisurely, evenings were late and sleep was plentiful. Back then, my holiday always began in the Brittany Ferries bar. Nowadays, I travel
It would be no exaggeration to say that April’s book, The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit, was one of the best that I have read for a very long time. Solnit’s writing is astoundingly good, and her interweaving of memoir, fairy tale, history and science is like nothing I’ve read before. I was so taken with