Third Way magazine has just invited me (as one of its friends and family, aw!) to write approx 100 words about my cultural highlight of 2014 for the Reviews section in the new year issue. It was lovely to be invited, and to be prompted to recall some pleasant memories. I thought I may as well blog something while I was musing, and here it probably shouldn’t be quite yet, but here it is!
2014 was a rich year, from the Matisse Cut-Outs, to Fidelio at Garsington, to finally visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield, to putting on my own first humble art exhibition in Exeter. But my highlight was discovering The Bookshop in Wigtown, a cornucopia of quirky delights, one of those deceptive spaces that opens up nooks and crannies to entice the unsuspecting into discovering a pair of armchairs by a fireplace, a suspended violin-playing skeleton, a vintage bicycle, or a ladder to a platform and a cosy-looking mattress. It also sells second-hand books.
I could have written myriads more about squillions of other things. It has been a good year so far, and it’s not over yet!