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

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

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

Blogging from A – Z

Most mornings I lie in bed thinking I should be writing. I feel guilty. This morning after making a fruity breakfast, I checked Facebook, and email, read the favoured online papers and avoided editing a story. I discovered another editing avoidance opportunity when I read about Blogging from A to Z. During April, participants write a blog post every day for 26 days. Sundays are free, hence 26 days. I.. Read More

Copacabana – Panoramas of Rio de Janeiro

Since September 2012, Portugal along with Brazil, has been celebrating the year of Portugal in Brazil and Brazil in Portugal.  The celebration “Year” has involved a range of artistic and scientific exchanges between both Countries.  The aim of the year is to showcase a young, modern and innovative country, in which the economy, the arts, science and business play a central role.  The celebrations continue until Portugal Day, on 10th.. Read More

Algarve Photographers visit Tomar – Part One

Some of Algarve Photography Group, partners and friends visited Tomar, Castelo do Almourol and the studio house of Carlos Relvas between the 15-17 April.  They stayed at the Hotel dos Templários a central location in Tomar. The group travelled together by coach, with picking up points in Tavira and São Bras do Alportel arriving in Tomar about 5 hours later. The town is compact and is easy walked around in.. Read More