I have to admit, I haven’t been in the right frame of mind to do one of these posts since the New Year. Lockdown is HARD in winter – much harder than I thought and there hasn’t seemed much to be positive about.
Still, I thought I should try and it’s been good to look at things in a different light and celebrate the small wins.
- From one brilliant French TV show to another! Last week we said goodbye to the wonderful Spiral, but the pain of that show finishing for good was lessened by the return of the equally wonderful Call My Agent.
- Last week I virtually attended the first event to celebrate Brian Moore at 100 and it was a fantastic round table discussion. Next week I’ll review the first of my 12 Brian Moore books – Lies of Silence.
- Last week I also took part in Eastside Arts Festival’s online Symposium on Northern Irish Writing. It was such an inspirational day and despite the nerves, I enjoyed chatting with writer Jan Carson and Damian Smyth about what makes writing from Northern Ireland so distinctive.
- I’ve started to plan my choices for Reading Ireland Month (to be announced next week!) and that always cheers me up
- Speaking of Irish writers, it was great to see Elaine Feeney, Sara Baume, Patrick Freyne and Doireann Ní Ghríofa on the longlist of the Rathbones Folio Prize while Naoise Dolan and Caoilinn Hughes were included on the Dylan Thomas Prize longlist.
- Stella did a portrait of me and I love it!
- My husband loves tacos, so for Christmas we got him this hilarious card game called Taco vs Burrito which we are now obsessed with and play every night!
- This week I have been mostly loving the photographs of Joel Meyorwitz
- A friend alerted me to the brilliant Hunt & Gather online stationery store and I am trying to resist temptation!
- We have been dealing with lockdown by watching loads of movies. Which is great! The only problem is that all our movies seems to come accompanied by this…
- Boys for Pele by Tori Amos turns 25 this year – which makes me feel very old – but I’ve enjoyed catching up with it again this week.
So, what in your life deserves some praise this week? Let me know in the comments!
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