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Hygge for the more mature

Hygge for the more mature

12 February 2017


Fans of The Oldie, the monthly magazine described by its editor as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity, may have spotted that the winner of the competition to write a poem about British Hygge was one of our very own. The multi-talented narrator Bob Rollett is not new to writing verse and has in the past held readings of his own poetry in aid of charity, including Calibre.

Bob credits Calibre for providing him with a solid grounding in the art of Hygge, gained whilst recording The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking (11651) for the Library. For those of you who need a reminder, Hygge is a craze imported from Sweden to cheer us up in tough times (and provide lots of books for the Christmas market).

Here is the winning poem in full…


                                    Turn the lights down low; now snuggle up warm.

                                    Close the curtains so tight that the world can’t invade.

                                    Chuck more logs on the fire – find the toasting fork.

                                    Wear that fluffy wool cardigan Aunt Maisy made.


                                    Find a film that’s familiar, where you know what’s next,

                                    One that’s gentle and touching with no nasty shocks.

                                    Light a sweet-scented candle to perfume the air.

                                    Put away those smart slippers – wear huge woolly socks.


                                    The crumpets are toasted. Now lashings of butter.

                                    To drink…why not cocoa with spoonfuls of sugar?

                                    For real inner warmth add some whisky or brandy…

                                    You’re nodding off now…Well, that’s real British hygge!


Denise James and Bob Rollett