Sue Hall's Blog

Words and chatter from here and there

Cambodia: the circus and plastic – Eco-tourism

Battambang Books

I have fallen in love with Cambodia. We have been here for over two weeks and I feel rejuvenated in a way that I find it difficult to understand or articulate. I am trying to work out why Cambodia has enlivened my spirit. The intense orange and greens of the landscape, the solid temples, mixed with a touch of French colonial culture have captured my heart. Old art, drawings and.. Read More

Sri-Lanka – Edward Lear Prize for poetry – winning poems

Edward Lear Prize for Poetry winners

With kind permission of the Edward Lear Prize for poetry, here are the 2017 winning poems. Winning Poem by Ashwin Dias The Funny People of Sri Lanka  There was a young woman from Galle Who’s name no one could recall Whomever she met Her name they’d forget The pretty young woman from Galle There was an old man from Hikka Who would only eat chicken tikka When served curd and.. Read More

Sri Lanka – Edward Lear Prize for Poetry

Edward Lear Prize

Edward Lear was a 19th Century English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet. He is known mostly for his literary nonsense poems and prose and especially his limericks. His poetry takes an irreverent view of the world. Lear’s nonsense poems delight in the sounds of words, both real and imaginary. A stuffed rhinoceros becomes a “diaphanous doorscraper.” His heroes are Quangle-Wangles, Pobbles, and Jumblies. My favourite Lear poem is the.. Read More

Sri Lanka – Galle Fort Literary Festival begins

Cultural Evening Galle Fort

An evening of culture, featuring an extravaganza of dance and movement opened the Galle Fort Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.  Guests sat in front of an iridescent red stage, while a crowd of onlookers stood behind newly erected barriers as an orchestra played music. Dressed in traditional costumes performers from the army, airforce and navy, became acrobats, fire eaters, swans, and peacocks. The evening’s presenters thanked the main sponsor Fairway.. Read More

Scared of Shakespeare? Puzzled by Poetry?

Birkenhead-born writer, David Roberts has a passion for shipyards and literature.  A mix of metal, blood and tears came to mind as we talked about his life and the literature course he has been teaching in the Algarve.  I had seen the course advert at São Brás de Alportel Museum, and I had it in the back of my mind to find out more. Fortunately, the week before Christmas, I bumped.. Read More

Burguer King Lear – tumultuous play and an opportunity for reflection

Burguer King Lear

As part of the commemoration of Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago this year, a film version of the play King Lear was shown on Wednesday 22 November in the library in Tavira. Produced in 2006 by Director João Garcia Miguel, this interpretation conveys an inner and outer turmoil that arguably reflects current global themes. While validation of love is the theme of Shakespeare’s King Lear, the decision to ostracise which.. Read More

International literary evening at Tavira library – Wednesday 16 November

Tavira Biblioteca

A mixture of Portuguese, Swedish, German and English, poems, stories and songs will be shared tomorrow night in Tavira Library (Wednesday 16 November) (6:30 doors open for 7:00 start). A few of the 15 Swedish writers visiting Tavira this week, will share their latest work alongside local writers and six students from the Escola Secundária Dr. Jorge Augusto Correia.  The students will perform poems by Álvaro de Campos – the heteronym of the Portuguese.. Read More

November – Writers and Art in Tavira

Tavira Biblioteca

A group of Swedish writers are in Tavira this week, 12-19 November 2016. The group are called “Magic – writers without boundaries.” Led by Barbara Fellgiebel from Algarve Friends and Literature Association some of them will be peforming their work along with local writers at Tavira Library on Wednesday 16 November (6:30 doors open for 7pm start). Jazz music on piano will welcome people to this International literary event. The Portuguese writer.. Read More

Swedish writers get creative in Tavira in November

Tavira river and town

Fifteen Swedish writers will visit Tavira from 12-19 November 2016 for a week of literary and networking events. Barbara Fellgiebel from Algarve Literature Friends Association (ALFA) will lead the published writers who are planning to share some creative moments with locals. This includes readings and having fun! A Swedish Literary Salon in Moncarapacho has been organised for Sunday 13 November at 2 pm, taking place at the Monterosa olive farm… Read More

Hold hands on Tavira island and stop fracking

Human Chain Demo - Fracking

A peaceful protest to highlight the dangers of fracking and offshore drilling in the Algarve will take place on the island of Tavira this coming weekend 23 and 24 July 2016. It has been organised by Tavira in Transition – Tavira em Transicao. The two days will be filled with talks, opportunities to sign petitions, sand sculpture workshops, jazz concerts, a sunset party with DJs and on Sunday 24th, people.. Read More