Joan Lennon's Blog
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
26 Children's Winters
Winter - Keeping Warm - Bedtime
Objects: Copper Warming Pan 1900s, Teddy Bear Pyjama Case 1970s, Hand Knitted Wool Hot Water Bottle Cover 1970s
from the comfort of hug and hearth
across chilly bedroom floors
in a downy nest
coppers full of embers
the colour of firelight
the scent of heat on sheets
hot water bottles
slurping inside their covers
a plush bear clutched tight
one eye watching outfor pyjama thieves
(And we've just got news that there will be funding for a booklet - I'll let you know more about that later!)
* a sestude is a 62 word response
Monday, November 09, 2015
My Amber Necklace
To celebrate the launch of her new novel 'The Christmas We Met', Kate Lord Brown has invited a number of authors to write guest posts on her blog about their favourite piece of jewellery. This ongoing series has resulted in tiny stories that are fascinating and lovely. It's called Family Jewels and I am very pleased to be a part of it!
You can read about my amber necklace, modest cousin to a necklace in Silver Skin, here. Thanks, Kate, and good luck with the book!
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Top Ten YA for 2015
Forget the fog and the rain - Silver Skin has found a place in The BookBag's list of Top Ten Books for Teens 2015! (And I've got the furry boys to pose with some copies, for those who have been asking for more cat pictures - something for everyone!)
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Only For The Fearless
Not sure how to embed this chilling video, so I'll just invite you to follow this link ...
... but only if you're brave enough.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
I'm away to London this weekend, so I leave you with some views of autumnal sunsets from my roof at home, looking up the Tay towards the Rail Bridge.
And, if you wish, you can listen to a Ravi Sankar evening raga here - it's no hyperbole to call him the master, is it.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
No Need to Pack My Pitchfork, Then
Okay, I'm an idiot. I'm going to be taking part in the final 26 Pairs of Eyes event at the Foundling Museum in London next weekend. It's part of the Bloomsbury Festival. It's titled 26 Pairs of Eyes Torchlit Performance. I'm really looking forward to it. And I had this really clear picture of it in my mind ...
(attribution: Mike Pennington)
But of course it isn't going to be outdoors - it isn't going to be a procession, even though that's how the word performance entered my brain - it's going to be indoors, in a museum packed with irreplaceable artefacts and paintings and wooden floors and wooden staircases, with members of the public and writers trying to read from flammable pieces of paper in the dark. And yet, still, I was surprised when the email about logistics for the event arrived and included these words:
"What to bring: A hand-held battery torch."
Also, "Electric candles/tea lights will be dotted about the museum so the setting won't be completely pitch black. There'll also be floor lighting and spots illuminating our 26 objects (or at least those with a writer alongside)."
So no pitchfork-waving peasant mob - no Up Helly Aa - no singed eyebrows. It's still going to be magical, just not mental. And without this as the end result -
(attribution: Ann Burgess)
I'd invite you to come but it's already sold out, which is extremely gratifying. The beautiful booklet is still available here, though. And you can read that by any form of lighting you please.