Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Unsmall talk

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 March 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Here I am on one of my favourite sofas in the Friends’ Room at the Royal Academy of Arts. Over the years, on this very sofa or the ones next to it, I’ve discussed all manner of things with friends from near and far. We’ve met here partly to look at paintings and partly to have coffee and talk. […]

A sudden flash of colour

Posted by Susan Tomes on 21 March 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

‘If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?’ It’s funny how the first flowers of the year – crocuses, daffodils, aconites -seem especially vivid in colour. Are they really brighter than other flowers, or do they just strike us that way because our eyes have gradually adapted to the long drabness of winter? I found these gorgeous things in the […]

Book excerpts in the Guardian

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 March 2010 under Books, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

The Guardian is publishing excerpts from Out of Silence in the Review section on Saturday 20 March. I’ll post the link on Saturday when I know it. In the meantime, many thanks to everyone who silently toasted my book from several different countries and three continents on Thursday evening at my ‘virtual book launch party’. It was […]

Virtual book launch party

Posted by Susan Tomes on 16 March 2010 under Books, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  9 Comments

Thursday’s the day when Out of Silence is officially published. As I haven’t managed to organise a book launch party, how about a virtual book launch that day? At 18:00 hours (UK time) on Thursday 18 March, I’m going to raise a glass to toast my readers, wherever they are. If you’d like to take part in […]

Listening to Cortot

Posted by Susan Tomes on 22 February 2010 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

I’m practising Schumann’s wonderful set of piano pieces, Davidsbündlertänze, for a concert later this year. As usual, progress is unpredictable. Sometimes things move on, sometimes not. Feeling short of inspiration one day this week, I sat down to listen to a historic 1937 recording by Alfred Cortot, renowned for his interpretations of Schumann and Chopin. […]