Beyond the Bookcase – October, October by Katya Balen

Yes, I know it’s November, November but I read this during a break from blogging in the run up to Halloween and a much-needed break in County Donegal aka my favourite part of Ireland. As with anyone who loves books, I tend to match my reading to my mood and also to the seasons. October, October by Katya Balen definitely matched my mood for light reading with a story set in autumn. Particularly with the beautiful front cover by illustrator Angela Harding!

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Fashion Friday – Irish Fashion Alphabet – ‘A’ for Aran Jumper

If you walk into any Irish gift shop across the island of Ireland, you will see Aran jumpers or other woollen items inspired by Aran knitting. Aran knitting is synonymous with the traditional image of Ireland and Irish people. Though the Aran jumper you bought for fifty euros is probably not knitted on the island of Ireland and most certainly from wool from Irish sheep. 

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Heroine’s of History – Hanna Sheey-Skeffington

Recently a friend returned from a trip to Dublin to inform me she had seen a plaque to Hanna Sheey-Skeffington (1877-1946) Irish Nationalist, Suffragette, Activist, Teacher, Editor, and Politician at Dublin Castle. The plaque commemorated Hanna smashing windows on 13th June 1912 to highlight the right of women to vote and which resulted in Hanna spending a month in prison. I have always been interested in the life of Hanna Sheey-Skeffington and cannot think why I have not featured her in a blog post until now! View Post

Fashion Friday – Fabulous Frauen; Fashion Exhibition at the Hamburg Museum of Fine Arts – Part Two

Want to more about late 19th and early 20th century fashion and dress? Then read on for more insights and thoughts from me on a fantastic fashion exhibition I visited in August in Hamburg, Germany!

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Beyond the Bookcase – Autumnal Awesomeness – The Truly Devious Series of Books by Maureen Johnston.

As the days get shorter, and the nights draw in and everyone is now back at school or university what better than to settle down with a series of books set in the home of all things autumn and fall related, New England? The ‘Truly Devious’ series of books (the fifth book is set to be released in December of this year) by Maureen Johnston are set in the Ellingham Academy near Burlington, Vermont. The Ellingham Academy is a school for gifted children who otherwise don’t fit into the normal schooling system. Autumn leaves, maple syrup, and murder await the enthusiastic reader!

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