Thursday, October 04, 2012
W.H. Auden's birthplace in York
The Lib Dem Conference has come and gone. People are turning their central heating back on. Soon the clocks will be going back.
There's nothing for it: I shall have to start showing you the photographs from my summer holiday.
Please sit down. You will find I have taken the precaution of locking the doors.
And where better to begin on National Poetry Day than the birthplace of W.H. Auden? I passed it on the say from York railway station to my hotel. I knew it was going to be a good holiday.
York Stories (one of two excellent website about the city that I discovered while staying there) points out that Auden lived there for only a year after his birth in 1907.
Imagine York (which is the other) has a photograph of the house (54 Bootham) during World War II, when it has a 'S' sign showing passersby that it has an air-raid shelter.