1998

‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W. G. Sebald was considered by critics to be “one of the most remarkable books of the year”

herring and silk: loss, light

I was very fortunate to have been commissioned by Alexander McCall Smith to make short films of two of the songs from ‘These are our Hands’. One of those films … Continue reading herring and silk: loss, light

apples on the sill of the window

A quote from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald. This is for Mrs Picken.

Quite beyond my reach

Quotes about gates (one of my fascinations) from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

The circular Yew hedge

The circular Yew hedge in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

The Somerleyton Yew

There is a haunting account of the Somerleyton Yew maze in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

“then outstanding in the Hippocratic science”

W G Sebald begins ‘The Rings of Saturn’  with his search for the Skull of Dr Thomas Browne (1605-1682):

an old coat

Two summers ago I left my old coat in the centre of Aberdeen on a gravestone in St Nicholas kirkyard. The coat was old and had first been worn by … Continue reading an old coat

The Temple

W. G. Sebald in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ gives a wonderful account of Thomas Abrams of Chestnut Tree Farm, East Anglia. Thomas Abrams, a farmer, lived in an ancient moated … Continue reading The Temple

The Rings of Saturn

I recently read ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by  W. G. Sebald. It is a haunting but beautiful book about humanity, landscape, nature, exploration, memory, connections, light and loss. In following … Continue reading The Rings of Saturn

‘An energetic and brilliant (if quirky) polymath’

The following account of Dr Arthur Brock (1879-1947) is from this paper by David Cantor:

Filling the world with meaning

Yesterday, a friend of mine shared this poem by Norman MacCaig. My friend, a healthcare professional, articulated concern that professionalism, with all the current and growing dictats, protocols, and algorithms that … Continue reading Filling the world with meaning