Hi, I’m Simon.

I live and work in London, where I read books and visit art exhibitions.

This blog is a diary of my thoughts about these activities.

This blog includes quotes and images. Wherever possible I’ve contacted copyright holders to obtain written permission to include their material. If I have inadvertently used your copyright material, please contact me and I will either remove it or credit it correctly, as you wish.

But NB this is a non-commercial blog and all copyright material is used in accordance with fair use principles ie solely for the purposes of review and criticism.


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  1. Interesting time exploring your blog. We had set out to do some Forest Reviews when we started blogging so good to see your exploration of St Leonards Forest but we havent had time since we started our business. Oh well we will do soon!

  2. Ps: loved the picture of ‘you’!

  3. Angie

     /  March 30, 2014

    Hi, i’m currently writing my bachelor thesis on the prose of George Martin in Game of thrones and i would like to quote one of your article. Would it be possible to send me your name in a mail, so i can quote you ? thank you so much !

    • Sure Angie, will be my pleasure. I’ll email you my details and also some other thoughts about GRRM which I never completed enough to publish.

      • Angie

         /  April 14, 2014

        That’s really kind of you, thank you so much !

      • Enzo

         /  October 14, 2017

        Hi, I’m also a student writing a report on GRRM. Could you possibly mail me your name so that i can reference your article properly. Thanks!

  4. Daisy Startup

     /  May 5, 2015

    Hi Simon,

    I really enjoyed your piece about Greek art, I was hoping to quote you in my finals essay on the Parthenon metopes. Would you be able to send me your full name in an email?

    Thanks so much!


  5. Hi Simon,
    I just stumbled upon your great articles on GRRM’s style of writing. As I’m writing my Bachelor’s thesis on the language of fantasy literature (the focus is on A Song of Ice and Fire, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter), I would like to include some of your thoughts – it would be great if you could send me your full name for my bibliography!
    All the best,

  6. Hi Simon,
    I want to reference your Botticelli article on twitter. DO you have a twitter name I can use?


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