Writing On Literature

  • This piece was commissioned by the ILS as part of the 'Crossing Borders' series. To Live Outside the Law You Must be Honest An April bank holiday Monday, and I plan to go across the border somewhere in the south-west of England. I don’t know the exact place, but between Newbury and Bath the Kennet and Avon canal stretches fifty-odd miles over the English countryside. My border point will be the 60 foot narrowboat Eve, which has a continuous cruising licence, meaning that every fortnight it has to move. My friend Drusilla Marland, who lives on Eve, is hard to pin down... Read full text here.

    May 30,
  • First, it must snow.  It must snow a great deal. Then you will need three small children.  Close their school for the day, and find an expanse of snow-covered ground.  Be the first there, because that makes it more fun. Okay, I can't do the instruction thing any longer, because it hurts.  But this works best if you don't have dogs - with dogs, you can never quite scoop up snow with abandon.  However, you can be sure that some of your whites will go yellow.  I recommend, before building an igloo, that you put down the dog.  Igloos are a significant challenge.  Respect the igloo. As with all building projects, appoint a foreman.  For best results select a woman, because it cuts

    Jan 06,