2015 Reading Challenge

December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey guys, so I found this post over on tumblr today:

2015It seems like a nice change from the usual 50 books a year I tend to do over on goodreads. It’s interesting and offers a lot of variety so I think I may try this for 2015. Though I’m a bit behind on my 2014 challenge, hopefully after my holidays start up and I’m back home in Ireland, I’ll be able to get through the last couple of books and reach 50 before the new year’s!

If any of you guys want to try this out as well, let me know! And if you have any suggestions for what kind of books to read for any of them, pop them in the comments section!

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About Place Journal

July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey guys, long time no see! I’ve been spending quite a busy and hectic summer in Bangladesh (while still getting a little bit of reading and writing time in). Hopefully, this blog will be active once more when I’m back in Ireland in September. For now, this is a quick update to let you guys know that I have recently published a poem in the latest issue of About Place Journal. Go and have a look at the issue if you get the chance as it is a wonderful literary magazine. My own poem there is entitled The Hills, but if you guys get the opportunity, definitely read some of the other works published as they are great!

Update!

May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hey guys, so I just wanted to make a short update post since I’m travelling to Bangladesh tomorrow to visit family and do some work placement. I’ll be there until the beginning of September and hopefully I will stay busy, which unfortunately means that this blog might be inactive for a little while. However, lucky for me, I have loaded a LOT of books onto my kindle (it has 300+ books now) and I’m taking a couple of physical books with me too! I also hope to do at least a little bit of writing while I’m there. I’m going to try my best to keep updating this blog when I get the chance even while I’m away, but definitely expect a few reviews and perhaps a couple of poetry posts when I get back. 

Stay well until then all my lovely followers! 

Life of Pi, NaPoWriMo, etc.

March 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

I havenIMG_20140324_224344‘t posted here in a fair while but I’ve been quite busy with college and such as it is my final year… and April being the final month of my final year! Here’s a bad-quality phone photo of me with a book that I really love: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. We’re reading it for my Literature, Modernity and the Sea class this week and that makes me truly happy. Guess what I’ll be writing my final essay on in that class? Ha.

So April isn’t merely the last month of my undergrad experience, it is also National Poetry Writing Month, NaPoWriMo, 30 poems in 30 days. Any of you participating? I’m planning to, so hopefully this place will liven up a little bit due to that! Although no promises. I’ve had a fairly busy year. If any of you are doing NaPo do let me know and we can follow each other and show support and such!

xoxo

Adiba

A Shakespearean Globe

May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

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This is probably a long overdue post that never got written because I’m lazy and have been incredibly busy with my college schedule. In any case, I wanted to write about my wonderful, amazing trip to the Shakespeare’s Globe and I’m going to do that, even if that trip happened sometime in December.

In any case, during my Christmas holidays from college, my brother and I traversed to the wonderful city of London and viewed some great sights, my favourite of which happened to be the Globe Theatre, unsurprisingly!

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The place is rather glorious and, although a reconstruction of the original theatre which was burnt down a few decades ago, quite authentic to look at! Unfortunately, the theatre only stages plays in the summer so my new goal in life is to travel to London one summer and watch a Shakespearean play in the Globe (preferably Hamlet, but I’ll take any!)

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Our little tour of the theatre gave us may little insights into the productions that happen in the theatre – the most exciting of which is the audience involvement that often occurs in certain few plays (I think the Merchant of Venice was one of them).

Unsurprisingly, I made a little bit of an investment in the Globe’s gift shop, buying myself a wonderful Shakespeare poster, along with some bookmarks and key-chains  What I really wanted was a skull that they had on display but unfortunately, it was much too expensive. But of course, upon seeing the skull I had to exclaim “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well!” My brother, who is neither a fan of literature, not someone who has read Hamlet, was left in confusion.

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One quite interesting thing: whilst leaving the theatre we noticed many photographs in the exit hallway. Upon reading the plaques of these photos we discovered that they commemorated the World Shakespeare festival, which seemed incredibly intriguing. Unfortunate that I’d only heard about it then. But one of the photos was taken in my own home country: Bangladesh, where the Tempest was performed. That just really excited me, and still does! Shakespeare in Bengali! I would love to see it sometime!

Anyway, that’s about it for my gushing about the Globe. I definitely urge you to visit the place if you’re a lover of Shakespeare and literature like myself. And I do hope to watch a play there someday in the near future (which will lead to another gushing blog post, I’m sure)!

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If any of you have visited the Globe, what were your thoughts and experiences? And what’s your favourite Shakespeare play?! I’m ashamed to say I’ve only read three so far (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). I’ve read some of King Richard III but not much of it. I really want to read Macbeth!

Haiku For Mars?

May 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Taking a break from study to ask you guys if you’ve heard about this haiku to mars thing? Basically, they’ll be sending 3 haikus to mars, which will be voted on by the general public. Exciting stuff! Guess we should all start brushing up on our haiku skills, yes?

Obligatory End of NaPoWriMo Blog

April 30, 2013 § 5 Comments

Hi everyone! So with NaPoWriMo at an end, I’d just like to thank every one of my followers (old and new) for sticking around for these 30 days of (pretty bad) poetry. I had a lot of fun experimenting with the different forms and I hope I’ll continue to attempt new forms of poetry in the future.

I’ll be taking a short break from blogging to do some much needed studying for my upcoming exams. Afterwards, it’s many months of summer holidays during which I hope to blog some more about things that are not simply just-thrown-together poetry.

Hope the rest of you that attempted NaPoWriMo were met with success. If not, there’s always next year and what you have gotten out of the month is still of the utmost importance. After all, 10 incomplete poems are better than no poems at all, right? Thanks again for sticking around for these 30 days and for all the likes, comments, and the new followers. I appreciate it!

Also, a little shout out to Poetic Bloomings, a wonderful site I encourage you all to visit. It made my form-hunting a lot easier and convenient than it would have been had I not found the site.

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