Well, sitting on a sofa, anyway. Or a sopha, if you prefer. I simply had to share this portrait by the wonderful Kirsty Rolfe (@avoiding_bears) of the Divine Farinelli and I as BFFs. (It even says so on our mugs. I hope we're drinking mocha!) Kirsty had the inspired idea to raise money for relief aid in Nepal by offering a portrait of yourself with your favourite historical character. I think my selection was a no-brainer! This is just a scan. The real thing is on its way to me, in the post. I can't wait! Thank you, Kirsty, for such a great idea, and for helping to raise funds and awareness at this difficult time for Nepal
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Tilda Swinton as Virginia Woolf's Orlando from the film of 1992: BFI Player I recently listened to a fascinating online lecture by Cheryl Morgan about gender fluidity in science fiction and fantasy. Regular readers will know that issues of gender and (a)sexual identity feature a lot in my blog. So I was interested to read some of the books featured in the lecture. Here's what I managed to find in my local library: Orlando by Virginia Woolf This famous literary novel is quite strange, and I doubt anyone truly knows what Virginia Woolf meant by everything in it. The title character, Orlando, begins as a 16th-century nobleman and favourite of Elizabeth I. By the end of the book, she is a woman (still called Orlando) and living in Virginia Woolf's own day, the 1920s. The part where Orlando becomes a woman is spectacularly unspectacular. He goes to sleep a man and wakes up a woman. (Initial reaction: "Oh, I'm female now. Whatever"