Friday, January 30, 2009

Coleridge and Porlock

For those who don't know the story of Coleridge and the 'Person from Porlock', it can be found here. As it explains, just outside Porlock Coleridge came out of an opium haze and started writing down his vision which was to become the poem Kubla Khan. However, he "was unfortunately called out by a person on business from Porlock, and detained by him above an hour, and on his return to his room, found, to his no small surprise and mortification, that though he still retained some vague and dim recollection of the general purport of the vision, yet, with the exception of some eight or ten scattered lines and images, all the rest had passed away like the images on the surface of a stream into which a stone has been cast, but, alas! without the after restoration of the latter!" Still, the images in the poem are extremely evocative of the scenery where it was written around Culbone Parsonage and Ash farm. To read it, click here.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mention in Western Morning News

Thanks today to the Western Morning News for giving this blog a plug. The relevant bits of the article are below and the full article can be seen here.

Lifting the lid on the region's bloggers
...But beyond these global phenomena, blogs have had a profound effect on the lives of people on a much more local level, not least here in the Westcountry. From an insider's view of daily life on a farm or online opinions of local politics to the latest news in surfing and adventure sports circles, the region is well represented in the blogosphere...Mrs Walton, who also writes for Devon Today magazine, said: "It's a good medium to be thought-provoking. I suppose a lot of people do it as an online diary, but it can see you become much more confident in your writing." This is true of Tim Kevan. The trained barrister left the legal profession after working in London for 10 years, relocating to Braunton, North Devon, to write a novel and surf. He explains: "I wanted to be a writer. Not having done it before, apart from legal journals, blogging was a great soft entry into writing. You don't have to be in any way self-conscious." The (ex) Barrister Blog helped market his first non-fiction book, Why Lawyers Should Surf, but he now blogs about anything that interests him, from surfing to politics, and hopes his blog will publicise his first novel, to be published by Bloomsbury next year.