It’ll be the largest moon for 69 years and should appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.
Here in the UK, we’ll see the supermoon in all its glory (cloud cover permitting) about an hour after it rises (moon rise is at 16.44), she says, typing frantically and hoping this blog post is published by then!
As well as being closer and brighter, the moon will apparently look orange and red when it first rises. Ooh, exciting. [*reaches for binoculars and camera*]
Tell me if you see it!
And just to get you in the mood, here’s a literary quiz, courtesy of The Guardian, all about the moon. It contains that perfect ‘show don’t tell’ quote by Anton Chekov (whoops, given away an answer there): “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
It’s hard, actually and I only got 5 out of 12. See if you can do better!
It’s National Short story week starting today and I’d like to tell you about lots of events happening around the country to celebrate and promote short story reading and writing. But sadly – apart from this writing competition for children – there doesn’t seem to be much happening. 😦
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Competition c/d 27th November
Amazon (yes, them. I know that might put some of you off…) have launched a search for ‘a modern day version of Twas The Night Before Christmas, as a gift to families for bedtime reading this Christmas Eve.’
I’m assuming the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ they’re referring to is the famous Clement Clarke Moore (or was it Henry Livingston?) poem, also known as ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’ – more about that here.
There are full details here and lots of rules here but in short, you must be a UK resident, closing date is 27th November and they’re looking for a ‘family-friendly’ and ‘Christmas-themed’ story of between 350 and 700 words.
The prize package is not to be sniffed at: professional illustrations of the story, a £2,000 Amazon gift card and a tablet.
What are you waiting for…!?