Just purchased a classic that I can’t wait to start. It is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Written in 1931, Huxley imagined a dystopian future that is both frightening and frighteningly real today.
Incidentally, he taught French to George Orwell at Eton. Perhaps, Orwell took inspiration from his teacher for 1984.
I got a lovely hardback edition from Everyman’s Library. I am already certain that it will be one for the bookcase!
In my Culture Quiz this week, the theme is B*tches Be Crazy. I’ve detailed some of the most outrageous caricatures of female madness in literature. But can you name the novel..?
…and in the interests of equality, the next quiz will be, Mad Men, where I’ll detail some of the most insane descriptions of insane men in books.
If you’re looking for a few minutes of light diversion then try out this literary quiz. The theme is: Cheers! Some of the finest watering holes in literature are detailed in the quiz but can you guess who the writer is?
Follow the quiz link to try it out!
Formerly known as the Dublin Writers Festival, the International Literature Festival Dublin will take place from May 16-24.
It was founded in 1998 and features readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings.
With a new Programme Director (Martin Colthorpe) on board, the festival will continue to champion Dublin’s position as a UNESCO City of Literature.
Full programme details are due any day…
For more info see http://ilfdublin.com/
If you’ve a few minutes to kill, have a go at The Culture Quiz.
This week the theme is – before they were famous.
I have described the lowly occupations of some top writers before they turned to writing. But can you identify these authors?
Calling all literary fans! I write a weekly quiz for a great arts website called Headstuff.org.
The quiz is based on literature mainly and this week’s post is – get shorty. I’ve taken some cracking short stories by famous authors and left out some key words in the titles.
How many have you read?
Welcome to my blog! I’m Siobhán Devoy, I’m a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland and I will be using this blog to talk about all things literary. I will discuss works by some great writers; review new releases; deliver literary news and talk about some of my own projects.
The name of my blog Chestnut Tree Cafe is a nod to one of my all-time favourite writers, George Orwell. It is a fictional cafe in his masterpiece 1984. Any fans of this novel will know that it is the cafe where Winston and Julia frequent and it is also pivotal in the closing pages of the book…
Can any Orwell fans answer the following question though:
What happened under the spreading chestnut tree?