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This is a blog dedicated to all things culture, with the main focus on history, mythology and literature. Since its beginning in 2012, the core of this blog has not changed. The blog is open to contributors who wish to share their passion for culture and heritage, be interviewed on a related topic or to showcase a new book or publication. The aim of the Culture & Literature Corner Blog is to accumulate a collection of history, myths, folklore, book discussions, authors and more in one place. Support websites for my own researched blog posts can be found in the Research Sites Library under the Literature Tab. 

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When the blog was first created, it had another feature which some of you might remember called the "Storyboards".  This was a monthly and later a weekly fiction serial story. The first monthly serial to grace the Storyboard was Friday, which has since gone on to have more novelettes added to its series, now called the Dr. Elizabeth Bannon Series. Other stories to feature were The Letter and The Witch of Ballyvale, which have both since been published as e-books. The storyboard concept will be moved to the Ben Kesp Website and will begin shortly.    

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, was the first book review, that later went on to start the Mondays Book Talk. Bram Stoker was the first post on an author and Grace O’Malley, the warrior queen of Mayo was the first historical figure of Ireland to feature, followed by Queen Maeve from ancient Ireland. All of the posts can be read and enjoyed today. 

Now the blog receives guest posts opening up the world of literature, history, culture and mythology to include not only Europe but the world. I thank you for your continued support and I welcome contributors who would like to share their love of literature, culture, history and mythology/folklore.

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LITERATURE: A meeting between Susanna Westby and Katherine Villiers

Post 210. Written by Ben Kesp

Landed Estate Excerpt. Susanna Westby and Katherine Villiers meet after 18 years.
Acknowledging with a nod, Susanna steps forward entering the path lined with blooming roses. Reaching the arch way, she descends the stone steps moving into a small walled garden radiating in a multitude of colours from an array of flowers and shrubs. She spies Katherine’s white hat to her right where she is seated on a bench. Gathering her thoughts, she is unsure how to approach her. Hatred and envy created a wedge between them when they were younger. Does it still exist? She is not sure anymore. It has been a long time. Distant memories flood to the forefront of her mind and yet they stir the thoughts of yesterday. Continuing on the path in front of her, she reaches the wooden bench standing a short distance away facing the thick ivy covered wall in front of her. 
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HIST & MYTH: Knowth - An Ancient Site

Post 208. Written by Ben Kesp

Referred to as the Jewel of Europe’s Neolithic Period, the Boyne Valley or in Irish, Brú no Bóinne, Co. Meath, is the largest Megalithic site in Europe, dating back over five thousand years. The complex of the Boyne Valley has numerous ancient monuments and archaeological features but the jewels or often called the Cathedrals of the Neolithic period are the great monuments (tombs/temples) of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, with the three forming a triangular formation on the landscape. 
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Post 189.

Guest Post by MikeH

I was so impressed by Dublin’s rich heritage and culture, my attention was grabbed by the very fact that it has two magnificent cathedrals; both located a short walking distance from each other in the heart of the city. This is my follow-on post on the city’s other Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s
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Historical Background
Ireland's largest church is St Patrick's Cathedral, built between 1191 and 1270. …

LITERATURE: Mondays Book Talk

Post 203. 
Mondays Book Talk: Series 5 
Guest Talk by Victoria Libby 
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