Saturday, 6 August 2011

Here I Am

Well, here I am again!  Still a bit wobbly, but definitely better than I was.  My current plan is to try and write just at weekends until I'm through rather a busy teaching period and perhaps stronger health wise.  Fingers crossed.

Next week is the first of our Summer Schools and so I shall be spending most of the forthcoming seven days listening to and discussing the development of the piano concerto.  I love music but am no musician, so I've had to do a lot of research to be able to organise this one.  We're focussing particularly on Beethoven, Schumann and Shostakovich, but of course we have to fill in round the edges as well and so the house has been resounding to the music of Corelli, Vivaldi and Mozart as preparation for Monday's opening session.  Not that Corelli and Vivaldi wrote for the piano, but you do need to know where the concerto started to be able to follow the later developments

Once that's underway then I really must get down to the reading for the Literature Summer School, two weeks later.  I have read the three books (Du Maurier's The House on the Strand, Emma Darwin's A Secret Alchemy and Rebecca Stott's Ghostwalk) before, but I do need to refresh my memory and organise the line through the discussions.  What I'm really interested in is why the historical novel has suddenly become fashionable again and I hope we can explore that as well as the books themselves.

And then, of course, there is the 1485 programme to begin to pull together.  A number of people have asked if there is any way that this could be opened up as an internet discussion.  I'll have to think how this might be possible and also ask the other people in the group what they think, but the very basic website that I'm slowly building is open to all, so if you're interested you can see what we're planning at

Integrated Studies ~ 1485

I'll try and come visiting this week.  I hope you're all well.


  1. It's good to see you back, Annie, and I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Good luck with the Summer Schools. The Literature one sounds interesting - I've always loved historical novels, whether they've been in fashion or not!

  2. It's lovely to see you, and to know that you have interesting things to keep you occupied, but do keep remembering that you must look after yourself.

  3. I was wondering how you are, so it's good to know you're feeling better. Enjoy your Summer Schools - I don't know much at all about music but I've read all three of the books. I've always loved historical fiction, so I'm interested in seeing your thoughts on this topic. As Fleur says - take care! Hope the rest of the summer is good. The weather here is atrocious, although we had some sunny days in June and July, so far August has been mainly drenching rain.

  4. Hi Annie,

    It's great to have you back and hope that you will continue to feel a little better each day.

    There does seem to be a great resurgence of people reading historical fiction and the classics, the amount of bloggers with 'Virago' bookshelves, is amazing, so you may have hit on a great topic for discussion.

    I know that the new website is still under construction, but the initial look and feel of it is great. I especially like the font choice for text, it adds to the general ambience of the subject matter.

    Take Care.


  5. So glad to see you again! I hope your health improves soon. And Literature Summer Schools sounds like it has a great reading list. :D

  6. Thank you all for your good wishes. I have so missed you. Margaret, the weather is so fickle! I was in Stratford this morning and just as I came out of the theatre the heavens opened and within moments the streets had become streams, but had one single drop fallen on my parched garden thirty miles away? No it had not!

  7. I'm very glad to hear from you and glad to hear you are better. All the programs you describe here sound great, and I hope you enjoy them.

  8. I've been watching watching watching for you ... so glad to see you posting again Annie. Conserve your energy and come visiting when you can. Meanwhile, I'll check our your website.

  9. You do sound busy! I hope you managed to get a little time for yourself :)

  10. What a wonderful image you conjure of your house 'resounding to the music of Corelli, Vivaldi and Mozart' ... I hope that it has proved to be a tonic. I am something of a lurker here but have missed your blog entries enough to come to the surface to wish you a speedy recovery. Also, perhaps a little bit cheeky of me Annie, but I wondered if you had come across a book on the development of the piano concerto that you have found helpful and illuminating? I am a novice who loves listening, knows little, but is keen to learn. All very best.