Book Tip Tuesday

Combining the colour of my finger tips with books tips….

WHAT INSPIRED BOOK TIP TUESDAY? IT WAS POET MICHAEL LONGLEY!

The celebrated writer Michael Longley was hosting a talk, after which he offered to sign books. In the process of signing my copy the observant author remarked on how the colour of my nail varnish matched the cover of his poetry book. It was by sheer coincidence that the colours co ordinated. As an artist colour is undoubtedly important to me. This triggered the idea of combining the colour of my finger tips with books tips

Now marks the birth of Book Tip Tuesday. see MORE detail for books below

May’s Book Tip Tuesday -MICHAEL LONGLEY

Junes’s Book Tip Tuesday –WRITTEN IN MY HEART;WALKS THROUGH JAMES JOYCE’S DUBLIN BY MARK TRAYNOR AND EMILY CARSON

July’s Book Tip Tuesday –ALICE IN WONDERLAND LEWIS CARROLL

It is informed not only by books from my personal choosing but favourites of my friends.

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In light of Michael Longley’s perception it would be most thoughtful this week to check out some of his poetry.

I am particularly ‘drawn’ to two poems MAN LYING ON A WALL which pays homage to painter L.S. Lowry and  IN MEMORY OF GERARD DILLON, the infamous Belfast artist.

Poet Michael Longley

Poet Michael Longley

My current art collection is based on Irish Writers. I have a keen interest in discovering new authors and re-establishing connections with past works..let me know of any books you recommend for people to read!

Next Tuesday For ‘June’s Book Tip Tuesday’, we’re going to Dublin is the clue…


BOOK TIP TUESDAY FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE:

WRITTEN IN MY HEART;WALKS THROUGH JAMES JOYCE’S DUBLIN BY MARK TRAYNOR AND EMILY CARSON

 

WRITTEN IN MY HEART; WALKS THROUGH JAMES JOYCE'S DUBLIN BY MARK TRAYNOR AND EMILY CARSON

WRITTEN IN MY HEART; WALKS THROUGH JAMES JOYCE’S DUBLIN BY MARK TRAYNOR AND EMILY CARSON

Live Dublin through the eyes of Joyce! This newly released book in 2016 provides a comprehensive guide on how to navigate through Dublin visiting the places mentioned by James Joyce in his iconic novels. It is succinctly divided into nine trails and includes facts and stories from well known locations to the more obscure sites of interest. The book concludes convivially…with a Joycean Pub Crawl!

I purchased the book at The James Joyce Centre. It is a wonderful introduction from where you can ‘begin your own journey into the heart of Joyce’s Dublin.’ Mark Traynor

The title of the book references James Joyce’s quote ”When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.”

Although Joyce spent most of his working life in central Europe, his writings focus on Dublin

”For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world.In the particular is contained the universal.” James Joyce

To celebrate Bloomsday 2015 there was an In Conversation event with infamous Joycean, Senator David Norris and Stephen Fry. This took place at Joyce’s alma mater Belvedere College.

This year celebrates the centenary of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This will be on stage at The New Theatre Dublin 6-15th June and at The Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire  16th, 17th June.

If you do not have the opportunity to avail of Joycean activities in June then there is a programme of events which continues annually; visit www.jamesjoyce.ie

Reciting from Ulysses, including the infamous lemon soap from Sweny's pharmacy

Reciting from Ulyssses, including the infamous lemon soap from Sweny’s pharmacy

All of the above locations; Belvedere College, The James Joyce Centre and Davy Byrne’s Pub are included in this week’s book for BOOK TIP TUESDAY WRITTEN IN MY HEART;WALKS THROUGH JAMES JOYCE’S DUBLIN BY MARK TRAYNOR AND EMILY CARSON printed by THE O’BRIEN PRESS DUBLIN

MATCHING NAIL ‘TIP COLOUR’ TO BOOK COVER : LEIGHTON DENNY ‘I LIKE LILAC’

NEXT: JULY’S BOOK TIP TUESDAY: IT’S AN 1865 CLASSIC NOVEL, clue, read me…

Alice in Wonderland



Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll First Published by William Clowes and Sons Ltd. This facsimile edition Fabbri Publishing Ltd 1992

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll First published by William Clowes and Sons Ltd. This facsimile edition Fabbri Publishing Ltd 1992

Alice in Wonderland is a movie many of us will have seen, be in the Disney classic or the more quirky Tim Burton adaptation in 2010. On the 27th May Tim Burton’s sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass was released by Walt Disney Pictures. We know of the characters which appear throughout the scenes…from Alice herself to the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, The March Hare or the Queens of Hearts amongst others.

Carroll’s play on the real and the surreal immortalises the book as a classic for both children and adults. Written in 1865 it has lasted the test of time. Yet how many of us have actually read the Lewis Carroll novel and sequel entitled Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass?

Alice in Wonderland has been in my life for many years in many ways…..

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND CENTRE LLANDUDNO

Aged six on holiday my parents took me to visit An Alice in Wonderland Centre in Llandudno Wales. The centre, housed in a Victorian building opened in 1987 but unfortunately closed in 2008. I have many memories of the attraction as my mother purchased a costume for me at this centre; an Alice blue dress and white apron. This outfit was not only worn to take photographs in situ, it got a lot of mileage being worn to fancy dress competitions, birthday parties, the theatre and I was even wearing it when visiting the grave of W.B.Yeats.

Later, aged thirteen I would play the role of Alice in the feis but by this ‘stage’ I had outgrown the dress.

An image painted by Sir John Tenniel which features Alice and Humpty Dumpty is prevalent on merchandise this year. Notably on the Charbonnel et Wallker celebration chocolates and greeting cards from www.alicelooking.com. Both of these can be purchased at Brown Thomas Dublin there is a magnificent display on show.

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Alice in Wonderland merchandise at Brown Thomas Dublin

Alice in Wonderland merchandise at Brown Thomas, Dublin

CARD: http://www.alicelooking.com CHOCOLATES: Charbonnel et Walker Ltd

From a personal perspective I find it intriguing that the author Lewis Carroll aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson adopted a pseudonym, like myself. Whilst I Fiona Lowe became Fiona Lowe Brunell, Lewis Carroll’s own name was far removed. I am also interested in the fact that ‘Lewis Carroll’ was a mathematician and incorporated many numerical facts into the book. As a painter, I likewise engage a mathematical element in my work by transforming numbers and dates into a visual manifestation via the use of line.

But for now… here are some of my favourite lines from the novel;

”I don’t think..” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.’

”It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then”

”Why, sometimes i’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

”You used to be more… muchier. You’ve lost your muchness.”

And in today’s highly motivated working world we may apply a renowned Lewis Carroll quote to the running of our business..

”Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.”

One of the most ingenious passages in from the sequel Through the Looking Glass has been placed inside the card from www.alicelooking,com

So with this in mind…I treated myself to an unbirthday present; an OPI Alice in Wonderland nail varnish set to celebrate and honour such a beloved book. The colours of the Alice in Wonderland nails will be doing as much talking as the words in the book on this Book Tip Tuesday!

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OPI DISNEY ALICE IN WONDERLAND INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE; THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ‘ROYAL COURT OF COLOR’

4 NAIL COLOURS: The I’S Have It, Oh My Majesty!, I’m Gown For Anything! Having a Big Head Day

August’s book tip Tuesday clue….Tip of all tips.

 

 

 

 

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