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Language and good literature are like fine wine upon the lips. I cannot imagine a life without the written word. It`s the music which keeps the orchestra in my head playing on an endless loop of pleasure. Give me a book to read, and I`m as happy as a French man who has invented a pair of self removing trousers.

The Future Of The Afterlife

I stand before the masters who witnessed the Genesis, who were the authors of their own forms, who walked the dark, circuitous passages of their own becoming………..I stand before the […]

A Homage To God

This extraordinary 1300 year old book is heading back up to it`s home in north-east England, as the centrepiece of a much awaited exhibition in Durham starting in July 2013.  […]

Macbeth Does Murder Sleep

I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition………….. Shakespeare`s Macbeth contains a positive glut of evil deeds perpetrated by naked ambition, hidden behind a mask […]

Not Enough Hours In The Day

The Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry (1409-16), was created in northern France during the 14th and 15th centuries. Held at the Musee Conde , Chantilly, it`s a superb pictorial record of […]

Beyond The Gates Of Eden

William Blake`s dark and twisted poem ” A Poison Tree“ is a startling intellectual exploration of hatred. Blake guides us through the various stages of pathological animosity towards another: first […]

The Luttrell Psalter

In medieval times, the squire of Irnham, Sir Geoffrey Luttrell (1276-1345) , commissioned an illuminated Psalter as a devotional book, and also as a visual record of his life and […]

No Coward Soul Is Mine

“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me , like wine through water, […]

Cold Comfort Down On The Farm

“I ha`scranleted two hundred furrows come five o`clock down i` the bute.” It was a difficult remark, Flora felt, to which to reply.  In the darkest depths of 1930`s Sussex, […]