What a strange year 2021 has been. Let’s hope that 2022 will be easier and healthier for us all.
My career has undergone many changes during the time of Covid. I’ve done zoom lectures, produced illustrated video talks, and conducted some Australian tours. I am so very grateful to those of you who subscribed to my ‘Tea with a Book Addict’ series, and to the ‘4 French Trailblazers’ and ‘4 Scandi Trailblazers’ – you have kept me going, financially and emotionally, through this difficult time. All the recorded talks are available for sale on my website, including my very latest – ‘The Brothers Grimm and Little Red Riding Hood’. If you missed out during the year, it is not too late to enjoy some gorgeously illustrated talks over the summer.
I have also been busy on YouTube and you may like to watch some of the clips I have posted there.
My book chat with friend and fellow book addict, Walter Mason
My passion for the ‘Anne’ books of L.M. Montgomery
Visiting Dove Cottage (one of my favourite literary houses)
A talk on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
There is much more, so do have a look, and enjoy! Find my channel here https://www.youtube.com/c/SusannahFullertonBookAddict or simply search my name on YouTube.
There have been various literary anniversaries to celebrate throughout the year.
In August this year, it was 250 years since the birth of Sir Walter Scott, the author who started the historical novel. This anniversary is being celebrated in various ways, including online. In 2023 I will be leading a literary tour in Scotland, which takes in many places associated with this ground-breaking writer.
On the 14th September this year, it was 700 years since the death of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Covid has not made celebrations easy, but the important anniversary has not been forgotten.
1821 saw the birth of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Flaubert, and the deaths of John Keats, Hester Thrale (good friend to Dr Johnson), Elizabeth Inchbald (who wrote the play Lovers’ Vows, so famously performed in Mansfield Park). In that year Scott’s Kenilworth was published, as were Shelley’s Adonais and Heinrich Heine’s Poems.
1921 saw the births of authors Patricia Highsmith, Alex Haley, and Scottish poet George Mackay Brown, and the deaths of E.W Hornung (creator of Raffles) and Russian poet Alexander Blok. The same year saw the publication of L.M. Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside, Georgette Heyer’s The Black Moth, Proust’s Sodom and Gomorrah, Aldous Huxley’s Crome Yellow, Sigrid Undset’s The Wife (Book 2 in her Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy), Tarzan the Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Galsworthy’s To Let, and many short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald and D.H. Lawrence.