Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Shakespeare Week: Measuring up Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure is one of my favourite plays. I have seen it a number of times, studied it at University and it has long held a place of affection … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · 13 Comments

Books: Does Size Matter?

I promised to fill in Friday’s post with a fascinating post about big books. Which I was going to write and post on a train. Unfortunately, said train was not … Continue reading

November 4, 2011 · 13 Comments

How to Write (Good) Bad Children, by Emma Barnes

Apologies – due to illness, we are unable to bring you the poetry interview – which will be posted in due course so keep an eye out. Stepping into the … Continue reading

August 26, 2011 · 16 Comments

Poetry Week: A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts by Wallace Stevens

I first came across A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts in a second-hand edition of Wallace Stevens’ selected poems that I bought at university. I do not know much … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · 15 Comments

Soapbox: Larger than Life Characters and the Curse of the “Relatable”

Like nearly everyone else I became hooked  on The Killing. The Danish drama series that held the country in thrall for 20 hour-long episodes was unusual in many ways. It … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · 6 Comments

Sorcerors and siblings: the books of Diana Wynne Jones

This week saw the sad news of the death of children’s fantasy writer, Diana Wynne Jones. Known for her dark, funny, imaginative writing and with a passionate following of readers … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · 12 Comments

The Trials and Tribulations of Writing a Screenplay: Part Two

Writing the Bloody Thing As you may know from my last blog post, I have spent the past year wrestling the hydra of screenplay as part of the She Writes … Continue reading

February 24, 2011 · 5 Comments

Save Our Libraries: Theresa Breslin tells us why it’s so important

With “more than 400 libraries under threat of closure” (Guardian website),  the 5th February saw people turning out all over the UK for the Save Our Libraries Day. Edinburgh’s protest … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 7 Comments

Save Our Libraries: Read the Text of the Scottish Protest Statement

SCOTTISH PROTEST AT LIBRARY CUTS To: The First Minister and all Members of the Scottish Parliament. We would like to protest at the widespread cuts to the library service taking … Continue reading

February 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Trials and Tribulations of Writing a Screenplay: Part One

VL’s RosyB has been uncharacteristically quiet these past few months (well, for her). Find out why in the first of a short set of articles on the trials and tribulations … Continue reading

February 7, 2011 · 8 Comments

A Bit of Lit Debate for a Lazy Sunday

Looking for a little literary debate to liven up this lazy Sunday afternoon? Why not check out Are All Opinions Equal? by Shelf Love asking what it is that makes … Continue reading

January 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Waxing Lyrical about: Edinburgh City of Literature

Poems projected over the castle? Free books distributed around the city? Literature written on semi-naked persons? Mysterious snow sculptures in the shape of Bob Dylan appearing on the meadows? There … Continue reading

January 14, 2011 · 5 Comments

Gents by Warwick Collins

A “VL Classic” originally posted in January 2008 It is difficult when describing this book not to find yourself trotting out phrases that make it sound less than it is: … Continue reading

January 5, 2011 · 5 Comments

The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein

The Cloths of Heaven is a wry, dust-dry character-observation-rich gem of a book with one of the most refreshing comic voices I’ve read for a long while. Set in a … Continue reading

November 23, 2010 · 4 Comments



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