A Growing Need for Poetry Books

Where were you when American poetess Sylvia Plath gassed herself in her London kitchen at the age of 30 throughout the extreme winter of 1963? Not possibly the stuff our memories are made from, however all that could change. There is a distinct revival worldwide of interest in poetry and poets. This is revealed in the increased purchase of poetry books– anthologies and works by individual poets– in the new and previously owned book markets. There are a variety of …

Trematon Castle

Trematon Castle stands on an eminence increasing steeply above the River Lynher, two miles southwest of Saltash and the Tamar estuary. Robert, Count of Mortain and Earl of Cornwall probably established the castle. It is described as his in the Domesday Book. At that time Trematon was a place of some importance whereas now it is rarely a town. The castle saw action in the Civil War and, previously, in the course of Kilter’s Insurrection which broke out in Cornwall …

Tonbridge Castle

Safeguarding a crossing over the River Medway, the crucial castle of Tonbridge was founded by Richard Fitz Gilbert. It existed by 1088, when Rufus stormed the castle with the help of a native English army raised to stop the rebellion of Bishop Odo of Bayeux. Regardless of his participation in this revolt, Fitz Gilbert kept ownership. The castle is an impressive example of a Norman motte and bailey – a layout curiously unusual in Kent. On top of the great …