Naturally Orla

Poet – Treehugger – Activist – Writes Stories About Witches


December 2012

Persepolis: Banned Books Review #5

"Never forget who you are and where you're from." Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 9/10 There is no way I could speak about censorship or banned books in the modern age without discussion Persepolis, my favourite political graphic novel. It is... Continue Reading →

The Call of the Wild: Banned Books Review #4

"The memories of his ancestors become habits" The Call of the Wild by Jack London: 7/10 There were few books I was more surprised by when I went looking for banned books than this. There were stupider ones (like Harry Potter... Continue Reading →

The World Ends Every Year

So with New Years 2012, the question is if the Mayan calendar thing is true and we only have a few days left, what do we want to do with it? Which is a terrible question really because let's be honest; everyone is... Continue Reading →

From London to Glasgow 2011 #1: London, Museums, Markets and Getting Lost

After the successful hostel trip down the Mayo-Galway in 2010, me, A (from that trip) plus S and Shona decided to go further afield the next summer after our exams. So we started off in London and traveled up the UK... Continue Reading →

Of Mice and Men: Banned Books #3

"A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and run deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sand in the sunlight before reaching... Continue Reading →

West of Ireland #6: Galway City

And so we arrived in Galway city and hurried to leave our bags in the secure room at the Galway Sleepzone so we could get exploring. Galway has a fabulously compact city centre. The stretch between Eyre Square down Shop... Continue Reading →

1984: Banned Books Review #2

"It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen." 1984 by George Orwell: 7/10 "...the clocks were striking thirteen." I love this opening line. It at once is completely of our world and completely not.... Continue Reading →

West of Ireland #5: Clifden

Friends, for a second imagine this is a horror movie.... Four students returning to the mainland (and by extension the real world) and find their way to the town of Clifden. They had planned to stay in the isolated Ben... Continue Reading →

Fahrenheit 451: Banned Books Review #1

"To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence and a time to speak.  Yes, all that. But what else?" Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury... Continue Reading →

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