Sunday, 17 June 2018

My Week in Review to the 17th June

Unicorn by Yona Friedman 
We took our Raclet trailer tent away camping a couple of times over the past week-and-a-bit so my blogging schedule, especially these Week in Review posts, is now hopelessly out of date! I'm going to talk about our La Boissonnie and Rochechouart weekend today even though it was at the beginning of June! We pitched up for a couple of nights with our friend Chris Killey at his amazing offgrid place. We chose particularly to visit at this time because the first Sunday of the month is a free entry day at the Rochechouart Chateau art gallery. Many museums and galleries across France open for free on each First Sunday so, if you're in the country then, it's worth looking to see what's local to you.

My phone wasn't really up to the job of art photography so hopefully you can make out what is going on in these images! Rochechouart had filled one of its galleries with a series of nine Unicorns by Hungarian artist Yona Friedman. Chris and Dave were decidedly underwhelmed and zoomed through the room, but I liked her whimsical style and humour. Each unicorn was drawn human-sized directly onto the walls (I think). Completely different was a detailed work depicting abstract heads by Glaswegian artist Scottie Wilson. This was drawn in 1950 but I didn't think its style looked nearly 70 years old! I loved how the details created a texture that, at first glance, made the picture seem embroidered rather than drawn.

Composition of Five Figures by Scottie Wilson 
I also managed to rack up another Richard Long installation for my 'collection'.

And here's the impressive chateau itself

In Book World, I was delighted to win an Amazon gift card from Daniela at Nocturnal Devices - thank you so much Daniela! I thought a Latina novel would be an appropriate purchase so have treated myself to Death Going Down, a classic crime novel by Argentine author Maria Angelica Bosco.

Congrats to Women's Fiction prize winner Kamila Shamsie! I'm so glad this book was recognised as I was disappointed it didn't win the Booker. You can read my Home Fire review Here.

Author Charlie Laidlaw got in touch a couple of days ago to let me know that his literary sci-fi novel The Things We Learn When We're Dead is Free on Kindle until the 27th June. I enjoyed this story and you can Read My Review Here or go straight to Amazon to Download Your Copy Here.

Around my blogs this week I've made a change so there's now only two blogs to navigate instead of three! Artisan Rainbow is now a weekly themed post here (on Wednesdays) instead of being its own daily-posting blog. This week's seven handmade finds were all Earrings and, when you pop back in three days, there will be seven Lampshades to admire!

All posts on Stephanie Jane this week were:
ReadingWomen - June 2018
Artisan Rainbow - Earrings
Stephanie Jane's Giveaway Linkup

And on Literary Flits we had:
Small Country by Gael Faye
Poppy by Kat Flannery + Giveaway
Guest Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, reviewed by Kate Vane
Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton
Nowhere To Be Found by Bae Suah
Doom Gloom And The Pursuit Of The Sun by Antoine F Gnintedem + Giveaway
The Hanging Women by John Mead

A couple of promotions to shout about:

It's the National Picnic Association's National Picnic Week from the 15th to the 25th June (maths isn't their strong point!) and, to celebrate, OLPRO are offering 20% off Melamine Picnic Sets and Windbreakers with the discount code PICNIC20. You'll just need to whip up your own sandwiches and scones!

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Have a great week!


  1. Congrats on the Amazon gift card win. Glad you had a good time.

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I enjoyed the photos of the artwork you shared with us. I wish we were able to go camping this summer, but it looks like we will not be able to.

    Congratulations on your win! Looks like you made some great choices there. I am not familiar with Maria Angelica Bosco, but I will definitely look for her books.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you! A shame you might not be able to camp this year. Maybe next summer?