Current stuff....

Subject to change at the drop of a hat

Currently reading: Erika Johansen’s The Fate of the Tearling
Just finished reading: Peadar Ó Guilín’s The Call
Most recent re-reading: Dave Duncan’s Man of his Word/Handful of Men octology
Recent reading: Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed, Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End, Patrick Gale’s A Place called Winter, Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl, Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time
Looking forward to reading: Jo Baker’s The Picture Book, Tracy Chevalier's New Boy, Sarah Dunant's Blood and Beauty, Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall, Tove Janson’s The Summer Book, Alan Johnson's autobiography This Boy, Kirsty Logan’s The Gracekeepers, Andrew Miller's Pure, Ross Raisin’s A Natural

Some recent memorable theatre: (Bolton Octagon’s) Tenant of Wildfell Hall, (Billy Pearce in Bradford Alhambra's) Peter Pan, (Bristol Old Vic/Sally Cookson’s) Jane Eyre, (Glenda Jackson in Deborah Warner’s) King Lear, (London, Duke of York's) The Glass Menagerie, (and at the RSC:) Dido Queen of Carthage, Salome, Titus Andronicus and Venus and Adonis

Looking forward to watching at theatre: Ballet Rambert, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Duchess of Malfi, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Imperium I and II, Lion Witch and Wardrobe, Macbeth, The Master Builder, Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night

Some recent cinema I appreciated: Alone in Berlin, (NT Live) Angels in America, The Big Sick, Blade Runner 2049, Christine, DeniaI, Doctor Strange, The Eagle Huntress, God’s Own Country, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, I Daniel Blake, Indignation, Julieta, LA LA Land, Lion, Manchester-by-the-sea, Moana, A Monster Calls, My Cousin Rachel, Rogue One, Silence, Sing, Sully, To Walk Invisible (yes, a cinema showing), War for the Planet of the Apes, Wonder Woman

Some recent TV to talk about:
The 100, Ambulance, American Horror Story, Black Sails, Britain’s Greatest Bridges, Broken, Class, The Crown, The Detectives, Endeavour, The Flash, First Dates, Game of Thrones, King Charles III, The Handmaid’s Tale, Little Boy Blue, The Musketeers, The Newsroom, Thirteen, Top of the Lake, Trapped, Victoria, To Walk Invisible

Authors whose work I have consistently enjoyed reading (and re-reading):

Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Anne Brontë, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Angela Carter, John Christopher, Charles Dickens, Dave Duncan, EM Forster, Alan Garner, William Golding, Sally Green, Thomas Hardy, Alice Hoffmann, Kazuo Ishiguro, DH Lawrence, Kerry Madden, Somerset Maugham, Anne McCaffrey, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, RL Stevenson, Meera Syal, Colm Tóibín, Anne Tyler, Evelyn Waugh, HG Wells, TH White

Ten theatre productions that stick in my mind:

Adrian Noble’s As You Like It with Juliet Stephenson, Melly Still’s NT Coram Boy, Adrian Noble’s Doctor Faustus with Ben Kingsley, Matthew Warchus’s WYP Fiddler on the Roof, Michael Bogdanov’s ESC Shakespeare’s History Cycle, Michael Boyd’s Shakespeare’s History Cycle, Laurie Sansom’s/Rona Munro's The James Plays, RSC’s Nicholas Nickleby, Matthew Warchus’s WYP The Plough and the Stars, Nicholas Hytner’s RSC The Tempest

Dramatists I would always book tickets for:

Caryl Churchill, Helen Edmondson, John Fletcher, Henrik Ibsen, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, Joe Orton, Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, William Shakespeare, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams

Poets I re-read (aloud if in a “safe space”):

Maya Angelou, Simon Armitage, WH Auden, William Blake, Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Chaucer, John Clare, Gillian Clarke, Coleridge, Emily Dickinson, Donne, Carol Ann Duffy, TS Eliot, Seamus Heaney, George Herbert, Ted Hughes, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Keats, Philip Larkin, Louis Macneice, Milton, Wilfred Owen, Sylvia Plath, Pope, Peter Porter, Isaac Rosenberg, Rossetti, Tennyson, Wordsworth, WB Yeats

Top Ten Films (top of my head currently):

The Big Chill, Blade Runner, Cabaret, The Deer Hunter, The Godfather I&II, God's Own Country, Hannah and her Sisters, The Remains of the Day, Shakespeare In Love, Singin' in the Rain