Wonderful interview with Edna O'Brien here, who at eighty-plus is still captivating. She says she found her memoir much harder to write than her novels and that 'memoir must have the shimmer of fiction', which is just gorgeous. (I've remembered that my friend's mum - Bernard MacLaverty's wife - said The State of Me reminded her of The Country Girls when she first read it a few years ago.)
And this is just so beautiful and inspiring, children in Paraguay playing cellos and violins that have been recycled from landfill. One of my nephews is getting a violin for Christmas, so this resonated even more. The clip is a teaser for the movie 'Landfill Harmonic'.
And, last but not least, the ME Association is raising money to educate GPs about the illness, you can donate until the 18 December. Please do so if you can. There is still much misinformation flying around - with the shimmer of fiction, you could say - thanks to the opposite of science that abounds in the UK. How can it be that thirty years on from my own diagnosis, there is more obfuscation and lack of clarity than ever?!