Dan Simmons’s Children of the Night

Currently reading this after discovering it during my MA dissertation research.  Really enjoying it.  The book masterfully keeps its reader unaware that it is in fact Dracula himself who narrates the opening chapters, paving the way effectively for the story’s descent into deeper darknesses.  Perhaps most impressive thus far is that the text delivers brilliant and plausible scientific explanations for how vampires have lived for centuries, how they regenerate and why they need to feed!


Macbeth at Arundel Castle 22 August 2014

This was an amazing setting for open-air Shakespeare. Arundel is certainly a beautifully preserved old town and the castle and cathedral formed a fantastic backdrop to the play. The GB Theatre Company really immersed the audience in the performance, with the witches and combatants etc. running around screaming, and moving behind and to the sides of us. Doug McRobbie as Malcolm delivered a particularly impressive, bellowing stage-presence. Highly recommended.