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Twitterchat Wrapup- #historyread

September 27, 2013

The #historyreads twitterchat was held last Tuesday evening.  Lots and lots of books, authors, television and films were suggested, along with music, twitter streams, websites and games. Sources of inspiration included old knitting books, fashion books and magazines (waiting for old things to be on trend again) old exhibition catalogues and Napoleonic war dragons.  Topics of discussion included:

  • Alternate history.
  • Vikings. They are everywhere.  Exhibitions in Sydney, on the streets in Helinski, Finland,  in books, on television, discussed in Twitter reading groups.

Spotted in Helsinki, Finland recently – #Vikings are everywhere” @Guldborgsundbib pic.twitter.com/b4fVHkORrk

  • Manbooker Prize.  Congratulations to New Zealand author, Eleanor Catton, a contender in 2013 Manbooker Prize for her book ,”The Luminaries”.
  •  Historical research.  The questions were posed:

“are other people inspired about #historyread after visiting a location?”@readwatchplay

“or is it sometimes instead of being able to be there?”@readwatchplay

“or is it about time rather than necessarily about place?” @readwatchplay

  • Historical travel- reading about somewhere may pique your interest in The Taj Mahal,  read and discover the history of Galapagos,  visit and read about Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech republic.
  • “Ephemera is an excellent form of #historyread” @nelsonreaders
  • Headstones. Morbid? Yes.

“But  they do tell the story of a small town” @catyj.

“They show epidemics  and tell amazing stories in just a few short words” @catyj

  • Men in kilts (aka historical romances).
  • Maps-Google maps, gold maps, QE2 maps and land maps.
  • Werewolves.”Fenrir is a scary one – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenrir  I think modern werewolves find inspiration here.” @Guldborgsundbib
  • Greek gods
  • Dr Who.  “Timely to sneak doctorwho in for #historyread as he is a timelord”

You can read the whole #historyreads discussion on  ReadWatchPlay Storify.

Indulge yourself  in #egoread and join us on 29 October for a live twitter discussion starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time.   9.00pm New Zealand Summer  Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time.  Note : this is a staggered start to the discussion.

Use the tags #egoread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of egoreads, so others can join in the conversation too.

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