- When Good Prizes go to Good People! The wonderful Doireann Ní Ghríofa won the An Post Irish Book of the Year award for her non-fiction book Ghost in the Throat and the lovely Tara June Winch won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for her novel The Yield.
- Next Tuesday, Edna O’Brien will turn 90 and will give the TS Eliot Lecture to be aired on the YouTube channel of the Abbey Theatre – a date for the diary! In the meantime, this is a wonderful interview published in the Guardian today.
- This footage of Philip Springer (composer of Santa Baby) playing Moonlight Sonata at 94 was just amazing – what a beautiful pianist.
- More footage, this time of people in Ukraine trying to walk on an icy footpath made me laugh so much.
- I love that the actual Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs confirmed this week in the Dáil (the Irish equivalent of the House of Commons) that Santa has been deemed an essential worker and has been made exempt from the need to quarantine. Wonderful stuff.
- This weekend we watched Game Night and I haven’t laughed so much at a movie in ages!
- I’ve become a little bit obsessed with the art of Kay Nielsen
- Horrible Histories is very popular in this house, and as funny as the programme is, the outtakes are even funnier. What is it about watching people giggle that is so amusing?
- Northern Ireland’s third lockdown ended on Friday and although I plan to stay quite close to home over Christmas, it’s nice to have a few treats planned for next week – a coffee with friends, a haircut (yay!) and a trip to No Alibis Bookstore!
- I am loving Guy Garvey’s show on Radio 6 Music on a Sunday, so much so that I always have a pen and paper around to write down the names of tracks I love.This week he played a beauty of a seasonal song from the wonderful Jesca Hoop.
So, what in your life deserves some praise this week? Let me know in the comments!
I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!