London Bound

Tate Britain I’m writing this on Sunday to post Monday as I’ll likely be in transit about this time; if all goes according to plan I ought to be on the Piccadilly Line heading to Russell Square and my swanky hotel. Hurrah for internet deals! Plans include seeing as many friends as I can, visiting…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Tales from Moomin Valley

Known and loved around the rest of the world, Tove Jansson’s Moomin books seldom get exposure beyond the Finnish-American communities in this country. I suppose it’s because Moomintroll himself often presents a rather melancholy figure, who feels sad without everybody around him demanding that he cheer up. Shock! When you look at the aggressively happy…

Reviewed

“Ninja” Paul Gravett, the one man comics crossroad of Britain, has reviewed Tove Jansson Rediscovered, the collection edited by Kate McLoughlin and Malin Lidström Brock [Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2007]. Scroll down past the pillowcases to find the review. As his primary interest is comics, he really only reviews my piece which he mostly seems to…

Publication: Tove Jansson

It was a nice surprise to come home after a long day of teaching (in which my students did not like Egil Skallagrimsson, grumble grumble) to find my latest publication on the kitchen table. This is the collection that grew from the conference in Oxford last March. My essay is “Roses, Beads and Bones: Gender,…

Double Blurbed!

I just opened my review copy of the next beautiful volume of Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comics from Drawn & Quarterly. I really don’t think they’re capable of making an unattractive book. The cover of the second volume looks more mysterious than the first and has such rich blue and green and pink hues. Just getting…