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16th Feb 2008, 20:02  

taniwha says:

Writing Home is the one with the diaries about the woman who lived in a van in his drive isn't it? Great piece. Loved Under Milk Wood.

16th Feb 2008, 22:08

MaggieD says:

I love Alan Bennett .... some years ago he did a talk at Goldsmith's (he was brilliant), and afterwards he stayed behind to chat and was so warm and friendly and funny, just like your most favourite uncle ... lovely man, brilliant mind :)

..... I do love that little kiity, peeking out between the the two Rebecca Wests :)

16th Feb 2008, 23:22

OJ says:

Hi Helen. Nice selection, though I've never read any Rebecca West.

It seems that everyone has an Alan Bennett story. I sat on a train from Doncaster to London listening all the way to the chatter of a Yorkshire man who sounded like an Alan Bennett monologue and his companion. And when I got up at King's Cross, it was Alan Bennett.

17th Feb 2008, 00:28

taniwha says:

I don't have an Alan Bennett story but I once rode in a first class train carriage with Robert Winston complete with entourage of eggheads. He was reading one of his own books complete with enormous photo of himself on the back. It was a little like "when I I want to read a good book, I'll write one."

21st Feb 2008, 17:20

i have an alan bennett story. in it, all my friends can't believe that i don't know who alan bennett is. him, and frank sidebottom.

23rd Feb 2008, 02:05

Helen says:

I need to hang around the station more and then maybe I'll have a Bennett story.

As for Rebecca West, I really enjoyed "The Birds Fall Down'. I've started "The Fountain Overflows" which precedes "The Real Night", but haven't ben quite as struck by it. I hope to dedicate some proper reading time to it in the summer, but then there are a lot of books I hope to be able to do that with. Poetry is my savour at the moment -- nice and short and I can break into it whenever I need a break from the serious stuff.

23rd Feb 2008, 17:29

Jane Doe says:

Know the feeling, back to back Modernism is making my brain hurt. Have turned to Birthday Letters for light relief!
Love the lighting in this shot

23rd Feb 2008, 19:59

Helen says:

I've been dipping into Birthday Letters, Ariel and Rapture for my breaks. Poetry is proving to be my savour, I've ignored creative reading for far too long and it's made me feel a little 'desperate'.

All natural light.

24th Feb 2008, 17:28