Laurie Lee. I’ve written a piece about what it’s like to inspire a literary work. Read it on The Independent’s website, here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/laurie-lees-rosie-what-is-it-like-to-inspire-a-writers-work-and-be-immortalised-on-the-page-9739184.html
Chairete! I’m giving a short talk on Greek Myth for the How To: Academy. Come and join! Details here.
Here’s my autumn round up of children’s books for the Telegraph. Read it here.
Richard Armitage in The Crucible at the Old Vic, which I saw last night. Having read, studied and seen The Crucible about 8 million times, I think I probably wasn’t the right audience member for this: but they did a good job of producing a claustrophobic and hysterical atmosphere. The supreme ironies were cleverly brought out - if you accuse someone of consorting with the devil you don’t need proof of a signature; but if you confess before God that you have consorted with the devil, you do. It’s a fascinating slice of history - that period which teetered between magic and science - but I don’t think the production brought out its period nature enough.
Happy birthday D H Lawrence.
We were talking about what teen dramas we used to love… I always had a soft spot for THE OC