To add to the procession of companies declaring for or agin Scottish independence can now be added a trickle of writers revealing their hand.
Almost exactly 100 years ago, the Times Literary Supplement became a standalone publication.
At any gathering of writers one subject is guaranteed to come up.
There was surprise in some quarters recently when it was discovered that three out of 10 British children aged eight to 15 did not know where stories such as Noah's Ark or Adam and Eve come from.
By the time you read this, Radio 4's Book At Bedtime will have aired its fifth instalment of James Joyce's Dubliners, read, a little surprisingly, by Belfast-born actor Stephen Rea.
It may be a reflection of growing older.
I was sitting on a bench outside a public swimming pool the other day while I waited for my husband to emerge from the deep end.