The Mabinogion: The Second Branch of the Mabinogi | Sioned Davies #Dewithon23

Bendigeidfran son of Llŷr was crowned king over this island and invested with the crown of London. One afternoon he was in Harlech in Ardudwy, at one of his courts; he was sitting on the rock of Harlech, above the sea, with his brother Manawydan son of Llŷr, and his two brothers on his mother's side, … Continue reading The Mabinogion: The Second Branch of the Mabinogi | Sioned Davies #Dewithon23

Marrying Damian | William Trevor #Begorrathon23

"I'm going to marry Damian." Joanna said. Claire wasn't paying attention. She smiled and nodded, intent on unravelling a ball of garden twine that had become tangled. I said: "Well, that's nice, or course. But Damian's married already." It didn't matter, Joanna said, and repeated her resolve. Joanne was five at the time. It is … Continue reading Marrying Damian | William Trevor #Begorrathon23

February 2023 | The Books

Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash Balloons are not really the environmentally friendly thing to do these days, so digital balloons are my way of celebrating my birthday month in books! During February I finished reading: FebruaRY: TITLEAUTHORCOUNTRYGENREPUB DATEORIGINA Difficult Young ManMartin BoydAustraliaHistorical Fiction1957TBRThe Island of Missing TreesElif ShafakEngland/TurkiyeFiction2021TBRThe Kidnapping of Pearl ButtonKatherine MansfieldNew ZealandShort … Continue reading February 2023 | The Books

Dead-end Memories | Banana Yoshimoto #JPNshortstories

Cover Design: Gingko leaves by Dana Li Five years ago I read Banana Yoshimoto's (1988) debut story Kitchen (which also contained the short story Moonlight Shadow). I enjoyed the two stories with some reservation about how deceptively simple they appeared. I think what I was trying to articulate back then is how it is possible for a … Continue reading Dead-end Memories | Banana Yoshimoto #JPNshortstories