Reading Matters: March

Two new books to review this month: Patricia Bosworth’s beautifully written memoir: The Men in my Life – a memoir of love and art in the 1950s Manhattan A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold, mother of shooter Dylan Klebold – a book described by the Guardian as…

The Un-Birthday

I chose not to send you a birthday card. But I still thought about you all day. I thought about Mum, back in the day and her fierce disapproval that I had chosen this quiet protest. “Oh Kate,” she would have said, the rest left unspoken. Fuck You. This morning I see you are in…

Reading Matters: February

Moonlight – Best February Movie. Its Sunday today and the Oscars tonight and I can only hope for recognition for this exhilarating, life affirming movie. The film tells the story of Chiron, a young black man grappling with his sexuality while growing up poor in Miami, at three pivotal points in his life. There’s a…

The One-Pointed Arrow

OMG! The incessant chatter in my head Kick it into touch. Noise, words, thoughts, rolling round and around and around and utterly, superbly missing the point. Like some crazy whirling dervish around and around the centre of life, I miss and miss the point, miss the point, like a ball bearing in a tin, spun…

Meeting Jenny

1pm and I am waiting in my car to meet her. I am watching for her by the door. She doesn’t come. The clock moves forward and I wonder, momentarily what to do. I do feel however that she will be there – it’s just that, once again, I need to find her. I wait…

Reading Matters: January

Overview Living, dying, birds, art, life: beautiful prose-poem short stories from Lydia Davis and American history; January reading has been a good clear start – eclectic, rich and satisfying. Birds, Art, Life by Kyo Maclear This is a book of small things and shares a year of observations. The book’s small blocks of writing have…

Pavlova with Berries, Kiwi and Cream

Friday night birthday loveliness with my daughter. Snuck out from work early to collect the ingredients and bake the meringue. It was the chewy, sticky slightly toffee type of meringue. Easy recipe and lovely fun to create this with Poppy who turned up just as I was pondering how to pull it altogether… Ingredients: Method:…

Weekend Matters: Grape Cheese Cake

Intro OK, you got me. More of a cake with cheese or possibly (says my husband) a cake of cheese than cheese cake per se, very very retro but kind of beautiful in a 1970s glamourous, Diana Dors way especially if you like cream cheese and apricot jam. Ingredients The recipe instructions are to be…

Reading Matters for the New Year

Hello 2017! So I am reading through blogs and newsletters on the internet, looking for inspiration, motivation for connection. You see, I want to be moved by something, anything to feel my stone heart leap. And then suddenly, it’s there for me in this short story. My entry point was listening to Lydia Davis read…

Weekend Matters: Ruby Slaw

Crunchy and robust, this ruby coloured coleslaw is made for a bright summer tea. We served it with hot peppery watercress and smoky apple pulled pork in wraps, for a great combination of strong flavours. O and made two new friends… Here’s the recipe from Hemsley and Hemsley Good and Simple and – there’s a…

Reading Matters: The Door in the Wall

This book – a Newberry Medal winner – has travelled with me over the years because it offers a real definition of faith. Set in medieval times, Robin the son of a noble man has grown up understanding his destiny is that of a nobleman and that he must learn the ways of knighthood. But…

Weekend Matters: Carrot Cake

Some weekends call for cake. And this was beautiful – a sticky, moist, rich-textured cake, topped with thick, creamy American frosting – unbeatable. We ate large slices outdoors in a brief burst of brilliant hot yellow sunshine lost all too quickly between the heavy rain-clouds and high winds that blew in from the west. The…