A Shiver of Fear,
The Song of Thunder Where the Quaggy Bends
Beware! Beware! Scribble Boy! A World of Fairy Tales,
Flying Upside Down and Inky Pinky Ponky,
The Sterkarm Handshake and The Subtle Knife
but not The Carpenter or the Lion Adventure or the Hard Way Home

By Bec, reading bookshelves in Homerton College.


Couple number one, have a little swing,

keep swinging …
Say hello to couple number two
and hello to couple number three,
then everyone has a little swing.

Pass by your partner
dance with the person you meet
come back together
and have a little swing.

Bec says ‘I was at a ceilidh on Saturday and the caller was always looking into the middle distance as he gave us directions.’


Magnus only had to face one
other person for the rule over Norway
– Hakon.

Olaf had the Trondelag
and Hakon had the south
and they ruled uneasily, together.

Ordericus was a bit confused and stupid.
Bec sent this poem from her own notes on Norwegian Kings, 20 October 2009.