Saltines, literary prodigies and poet laureates

Yesterday I was thinking about saltine crackers, which I could not find for some reason in my grocery store (needed for the crust of the Artichoke and Mushroom Quiche). And that of course led me to think about young Daisy Ashford and her incomparable novel, The Young Visiters; or Mr Salteena’s Plan, which is now available online in full from Stone Soup, the magazine for young writers and artists. I also discovered it had been made into a TV movie in Britain, starring the amply talented Jim Broadbent as Mr Salteena, the admirably grumpy Hugh Laurie as Lord Bernard Clark, and the weirdly adorable Bill Nighy as the Earl of Clincham, among others.

The City of Victoria, in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, is accepting applications between April 18 and May 15, 2006 for the inaugural two and a half year appointment of a Poet Laureate. The position serves as a cultural and literary ambassador for the City of Victoria and supports the literary community as a whole. Don’t quit your day job: the position pays $1,500 a year.

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3 Responses to Saltines, literary prodigies and poet laureates

  1. Carla says:

    The leek and yogurt soup sounds delicious. I may pass the recipe on to my dad who loves leek soup and buttermilk (which is not called for but…)

  2. Rhona McAdam says:

    Carla, I hope your dad will love this. It is indeed the perfect soup for lovers of leeks and buttermilk. It’s amazing to discover what happens to the flavour of leeks when you cook them for a long time like this; and there are so many of them in the soup that it has a lot of nice chewy texture.

  3. B-) says:

    Oh yes, a poet’s wages are just enough to starve on!