THIS N’ THAT

Coming up in November: I know it may seem trite, but I hope to do daily posts of blessings for which I am thankful and I challenge you to do the same in comment responses.  We have had a year so many painful experiences and such negativity I believe we can all do with a bit of uplifting! Be ready to join me starting November 1.

 

8th Annual JCMF Golf Tournament is in the books! 

We have just completed our 8th annual Jay Chapman Memorial Fund golf tournament. Once again, there was a great turnout of players, sponsors, volunteers and organizers. Many thanks to you all! We look forward to awarding more educational scholarships at West Georgia University and to making a substantial donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

For more about Jay, see the JCMF page of this site.

Milton Literary Festival

GeorgiaJanet, along with other local authors, will be appearing at the Milton Literary Festival on November 11th. The following links provide more details.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/miltonliteraryfestival/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/miltonlitfest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miltonliteraryfestival/

Book Club Talks

GeorgiaJanet would love to visit with your book club. I provide a discussion guide and discount prices on books for local book clubs. I would be happy to come and lead a book discussion at your location. Contact me at for more information. georgiajanetatl@gmail.com

 

Works in Progress 

I hear your pleas for a Madam May sequel! It is in the works. The projected release date is January 2018. There will be special promotions so stay tuned for announcements. More information and details on the BOOKS tab.

 

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Literary Ireland

Oh my, where to begin?

The trip to Ireland was amazing. It is a beautiful country, and I learned so much. One is never too old to learn. It was a once in a lifetime literary experience, and I’m going to focus on that in this post. And to top it off – I got to celebrate my 64th birthday there! 

 

 

 

From James Joyce to Jonathan Swift to Oscar Wilde to W.B. Yeats, Ireland has a rich literary history. Oscar Wilde is immortalized in a statue in Merrion Square near his childhood home. The statue of the pregnant woman in the foreground is his wife, Constance.

“Women are meant to be loved,

not to be understood.”

— “The Sphinx Without a Secret”

                                      Oscar Wilde

 

 

Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and numerous satirical works, lived in Dublin and is interred in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, of which he was a major benefactor. St. Patrick’s is the largest cathedral in Ireland. Impressive stained glass, vaulted ceilings, artifacts, and a history of surviving storms, fires, and being used as a stable, this magnificent cathedral is a must see for any visitor to Dublin.

 

Another Dublin literary experience was viewing the Book of Kells, considered Ireland’s finest national treasure. Housed at Dublin’s Trinity College, it is actually a manuscript collection of the four gospels written in Latin with calligraphy and astounding illuminations. It was created in a monastery around 800 AD. No photos are allowed of the actual manuscript. This photo is from bing™ with creative commons rights.

 

Trinity College is also home to the most impressive library I have ever seen. The “Long Room” main chamber of the Old Library, was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books. This is a research library, accessed only by library personnel. The hall is lined with busts and other artifacts. The library is a “copyright library” and receives, free of charge, a print copy of each book copyrighted in England and the Republic of Ireland.

 

 

Across the country, just outside the city of Galway, is Kylemore Abby. Built as a private residence in the late 1800s, the Abby became a residence for Benedictine nuns in the 1920s, and later housed a girl’s school. Although the school has closed, the Abby is still active and offers tours, cathedral services, gardens, shops, and dining. I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the reading area in the drawing room. 

 

 

 

 

These are just a smattering of my Ireland experiences, and only the tip of the iceberg for literary excursions one could take advantage of in Ireland. There is much more to this amazing country, and it is one of those places one never has enough time to see and do everything one would like. GeorgiaJanet will be posting more about Ireland in the future and I may even make a return visit.

P.S. Don’t forget Bram Stoker, Frank McCourt, Samuel Beckett, Anne Enright, CS Lewis, George Bernard Shaw, Kate O’Brien, Iris Murdoch and

MANY OTHER IRISH WRITERS

Do you have a favorite Irish author, story, or witticism? Please share in a comment.

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GeorgiaJanet goes away…

Yes, I am going away but this is a good thing! I will be visiting Ireland September 25-October 2. Don’t have a lot to say about it for now, but I expect to upon my return.  A few tidbits for now:

 

I get to celebrate my birthday(October 1) in Ireland!

 

 

 

Always thought my ancestry was mostly Irish, but turns out Ancestry DNA says I’m mostly British (87%) and only 5% Irish, with the remaining 8% a hodgepodge. 

 

At one time my writing style was analyzed and compared to that of James Joyce!  It was only one of those silly computer generated things, but I was intrigued enough to download several Joyce novels to my Kindle. Have to admit many remain unread. 

 

 

I may be incommunicado for a few days. Not sure how dependable the wifi service will be, but you can be certain I will take many photos and have thoughts to write about when I return. Until then, I shall leave you with the traditional Irish blessing.

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