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[Photo Journal] Happy Place In Dublin

The Long Room Of The Old Library At Trinity College in Dublin I

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Happy Place for Happy New Year

Welcome 2019! Happy New Year to one and all from the GatheringBooks ladies. To serve as good tidings for the coming year, I thought I better begin my Photo Journal post by sharing my happy place. These photographs were taken at The Long Room Of The Old Library At Trinity College, when I did a pilgrimage to the Book of Kells (which I will be sharing next week). I think my glorious smile shows just how happy I am to be in this place, surrounded by great minds and great literature.

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
My library is an archive of longings. 
― Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980
A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded. 
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. 
― T.S. Eliot

I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.
― H. P. Lovecraft
“Because I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight.” 
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
When I open them, most of the books have the smell of an earlier time leaking out between the pages – a special odor of the knowledge and emotions that for ages have been calmly resting between the covers. Breathing it in, I glance through a few pages before returning each book to its shelf.
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Happy Place In Dublin

  1. That looks like an utterly amazing place!

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