Dragon’s Read: Capel Bells by Joan Hessayon

April 20, 2017

Gently, he forced her to open her mouth and thrust his tongue inside while holding her so close she couldn’t push him away. After a second or two, she seemed to take the course of least resistance, not objecting, yet not encouraging… Suddenly, she gave in and kissed him back clasping around the neck with […]

“Blowin in the Wind” at Chickenshed

March 21, 2017

It starts with recount of Rosa Parks, how she refused one day to give up her seat to a white man in a bus and the events that ensued and became a puzzle pieces in abolishing segregation in the US. “Blowin in the wind” at Chickenshed is a series of musical scenes, where the company […]

Dragon’s Read: “The London Market Guide” by Andrew Kershman

March 16, 2017

This book dwells on the shelves of many museums’ souvenir shops. I often would pick it up and look through the pages, trying to recognise what I have seen, compare with my vision. When I eventually bought it – I was not disappointed. I picked this book because I knew the author would have to […]

Dragon’s Read: “Walk the Lines” by Mark Mason

February 17, 2017

A diary of walks that cover all of the capital’s Underground lines. An “ultimate walk that would comprehensively capture the capital”, as author himself puts it. A journey through the city, a journey within yourself. Wouldn’t it sound like a great idea? I picked this book because I knew the author would have to touch […]

Politics Never Change in “Trumpets and Raspberries” at Chickenshed

February 13, 2017

A grassroots leftist leader is being sacrificed by the ruling class for the sake of keeping the status quo. Does that sound familiar at all to you? Waterboarding, alternative facts, disrespect for the due process, crazy overreacting at the face of any slightest confrontation are all part of the new play at Chickenshed. It is […]

Here be Dragons: Adventure to Oz at Chickenshed

December 9, 2016

The purple curtain has giant letters “Adventure to Oz” written all over it. As it rises, the colours deepen and the traditional Christmas show at Chickenshed start. This year it is a loosely imagined sequel to The Wizard of Oz. Tinman and Scarecrow rule over respective lands and Dorothy is friends with the current ruler […]

A summer well spent: International Writers’ and Translators’ House in Ventspils

September 2, 2015

I have stumbled upon International Writers’ and Translators’ House in Ventspils (Starptautiskā Rakstnieku un tulkotāju māja) quite by chance. I do not even remember where or when exactly I have followed the link to complete the online application. Sometime later I was surprised to receive an invitation to come there for a month.