Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Boydell’s widget

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 December 2011 under Books  •  2 Comments

‘A widget?’ I hear you ask. No, I didn’t know either. But it seems that a widget is a clever little package of information, in this case about my book ‘Out of Silence’. Its publisher, Boydell Press, is embracing widgets as a new kind of promotional material. If you click on this link, the wonders of […]




At the Rye Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 September 2011 under Books, Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

Usually I take part in music festivals, so to be invited to a Literary Festival is an exciting change. Yesterday I was at the Rye Festival talking about music and musicians. In between readings and bits of talk, I played little piano pieces. I’d been given one of those microphones which consists of a little […]




Duets on Woman’s Hour

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 March 2011 under Books, Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  3 Comments

Noriko Ogawa arrived back safely from Japan, and here we are playing piano duets for Woman’s Hour. We’re also talking about my book ‘Out of Silence’ which Noriko is translating into Japanese. The broadcast is on Tuesday 29 March sometime between 10 and 11am, and you can listen on iPlayer for a week afterwards. Noriko’s fundraising […]




Noriko and Susan on Woman’s Hour

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 March 2011 under Books, Concerts, Daily Life  •  Leave a comment

Woman’s Hour, the iconic BBC Radio 4 programme, is to feature an interview with me and fellow pianist Noriko Ogawa on March 29. The interview was originally planned as a discussion between me and Noriko about my book ‘Out of Silence’, which Noriko is currently translating into Japanese. This is a very unusual collaboration between […]




The baton and the jackboot

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 January 2011 under Books, Concerts, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book published in 1944: The Baton and the Jackboot, by Berta Geissmar, the personal assistant of conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler during his great days in Germany. After Geissmar had been forced to leave Germany during the Hitler regime, she emigrated to London where she became the assistant of conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. […]