The Writer’s Retreat… with Helena Halme

Here is the scenario: You have one month alone on a remote Scottish Island.  You have a comfortable cabin and enough food to last the duration.  The only contact you have with the outside world is a radio.  There is no television, internet access or mobile phone signal. This month’s Writer’s Retreat Resident is novelist Helena Halme.Continue reading “The Writer’s Retreat… with Helena Halme”

In Defence of Slow Reading

If Christmas is a time for book-giving, then New Year is a time for reading, and in readiness for this particularly indulgent time of year I cleared my reading decks so I was free for a novel I’ve been waiting to read for some time. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, is a doorstop of aContinue reading “In Defence of Slow Reading”