Happy Birthdays!

In this series of blog posts, we will be celebrating the lives of some of our best-loved authors by checking out their wonderful works of literature.

♦24th-30th October♦

Emma Donoghue

24th October 1969-

Find Room by Emma Donoghue in QUICK READS 823.91 DON. The film adaptation, written by Donoghue and starring Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) was released in 2015.

Geoffrey Chaucer

c. 1343-25th October 1400

I confess that we are cheating a little here- nobody knows the exact date of Chaucer’s birth, but the poet was born sometime in 1343 and died on 25th October 1400, aged either 56 or 57.

The Canterbury Tales, which includes The Knight’s Tale, The Miller’s Tale andThe Wife of Bath’s Tale, is available from the BOOK ZONE 821.2 CHA. In the same location you will also find a translation from Middle to Modern English- you can read the Prologue here.

In 2003 the BBC adapted six of Chaucer’s Tales, including The Knight’s Tale starring John Simm (Doctor Who) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange) Find them in the BOOK ZONE 821.2 CHA

Chaucer’s earlier poem Troilus and Criseyde can be found at NORFOLK HOUSE 821.1 CHA. Compare it to Shakespeare’s version of the same story, found at 822.33 TRO

Sylvia Plath

27th October 1932- 11th February 1963

Find Ariel, a book of poems by Sylvia Plath, in the BOOK ZONE 821.91 PLA

Her novel The Bell Jar can be found at NORFOLK HOUSE 823.91 PLA

The movie Sylvia, based on the author’s life, is in the BOOK ZONE 821.91 PLA. Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man) plays Sylvia alongside Daniel Craig (The Golden Compass) as her husband, the author Ted Hughes. An adaptation of The Bell Jar written and directed by Kirsten Dunst and starring Dakota Fanning as Esther Greenwood is due for release in 2017.


Check back every week to find out more about the famous novelists, poets, playwrights and illustrators you can find here in the Information Store.


Nikole (2010) Wee Wedding Cakes Available at: (Accessed: 16/09/2016)


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