So November sees us once again entering into Lockdown, only this time the days are getting shorter and we’re facing into the bleakness of Winter. Nevertheless, as we can’t see friends and family, it’s a good chance to catch up on a bit of reading.
Can I confess to loving this time of year? The crisp air, the colours of the leaves, and the cosy evenings…
Well, this September has been packed with glorious new books, and we saw a Super Thursday like no other, with over 600 books published on the same day following lockdown publication delays across the industry. Just like that, it seems as though we’re on the run up to Christmas. Well, as a bookseller Super Thursday has always meant the start of Christmas for me!
What a month August has been. We’ve seen scorching days and storms, localised lockdowns and slight returns to ‘normality’. The crocosmia is in full flower in the hedgerows as a herald of the end of summer, and the evenings are beginning to get chilly.
One of the few nice consequences of the pandemic was a chance to properly get to know my neighbour, singer songwriter Victoria Keating, without the stiff formalities of nodding hello on the morning commute. As she moved in just prior to lockdown I had the privilege of getting to know her in a strange isolation: we were meeting no family or friends and jumped at the chance to chat across the garden fence.
As the country began to emerge from lockdown, I sat down to chat with Victoria about her inspirations and her creative process, and how a year spent immersed in the works of Dickens inspired both a new song, and the title for her lockdown project: Little Rooms, Big Music.