Tag Archives: words

A Fourth World

It is a love letter to what can unite us; perhaps even a glimpse of a future world without borders.

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At 66000mph

Some pieces from us that you may have missed: Attention span Far from being helpless victims of technology-driven dumbing-down, we are actively paying attention in all sorts of new and productive ways. Calisthenics for the brain The act of writing can help us to explore new ideas, clarify what we know and don’t know, and [...]

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Why stories matter

If there isn’t something to oppose or resolve it isn’t a story.

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Second Person

On the trail of Ian McEwan in Norwich, the City of Literature

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From home to home

A collaborative poem on a building site hoarding makes for a more interesting, intriguing piece of communication

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Typographical salvage

Fellow typophiles and letterati might want to direct themselves to Glyphics Signs on Leonard Street, EC2. The company makes all manner of signage and print, from wayfinding and wallpaper to vinyls and hand lettering. But the real draw is the eclectic collection of alphabetical orphans they have for sale.

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City of Literature

One of the postcards caused me some disquiet. It recalls a shocking episode from my days living in Norwich. I didn’t want to trivialise something that left many people deeply upset. But Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth had taken me right back to the site of that event, and I felt it would be dishonest if I didn’t reflect this in my piece.

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Turned out nice again

The Southbank Centre invited me to create a language installation for the Festival of Neighbourhood. The site stretches from Waterloo Bridge to the London Eye, and incorporates the new Jubilee Gardens that front the old Shell complex. Language is a strong theme in this year’s summer festivities. They include the London Literary Festival, typo-graphics by [...]

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Apostrophegeddon

Writing is not about rules, but communicating ideas. Any company that rejects a job application because of a misplaced apostrophe is barking up the wrong tree. The most original thinkers I work with struggle to tie their shoelaces.

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Sorry tale

These printed apologies demonstrate one thing very clearly – when a company has its back against the wall it turns to words not pictures.

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