Welcome to Lady and the Library. I’m Jessica, a Melbourne based literature lover who started this page as a source of inspiration for folk who love books, travel, art, history, and beautiful places.
As a little girl, my fondest childhood pursuit was scouring the shelves of the local library for magical adventures and fairytales. The sweet musty fragrance of the library is so deeply infused in my memory that I can vividly recall the details like it was just yesterday. The jangle of the bell that hung above the door. The warm dusty afternoon glow flickering through arched windows. The librarian rifling through a wooden catalogue drawer, her tortoise-shell glasses balanced on the bridge of her nose. The jolt of pure delight as I left the library with a bag full of books.
As a reader, I have always been passionately curious with a yearning to find the extraordinary worlds I found in my books in real life. So, this shy little bookworm grew into an adventurous and independent young lady who filled the pages of her first passport with foreign stamps. Travel allowed me to write and be the leading lady in my own story, opening my eyes to different ways of living. From losing all sense of direction while trying to figure out foreign cities, maps and languages, to uprooting and moving to an entirely different hemisphere, travel taught me the beauty of solitude and feeling lost in translation. Most importantly, I discovered that we’re all just tiny particles of dust in an immense universe, so whenever I’m feeling caught up in trivial matters, I remind myself of this.
My happiness is found in nature off the beaten track in secret gardens, old-fashioned bookshops, and down country lanes not printed on the map. We are all different and no two journeys are ever the same – what we learn and experience, and who we connect with on the road along the way.
Lots of love,