Forget baggy, hollow words. Words that use up valuable white space but don’t say anything. We’re pushing powerful words and strong sentences steeped in meaning that can draw insight to your most hidden thoughts. Words that shock you into standing back and glancing at the world in a completely fresh light. We're saluting snappy syntax and rousing rhetoric. The words to express those thoughts you never knew you were capable of, words that ignite change, and cut to the core of your being. Read on >
Films are amazing. Fact. The right words, spoken by the right person at the right time can give you chills, can make you cry, laugh, get you out of your seat, inspire you. Read on >
Typing a tweet. Uploading a blog post. Leaving a comment. Knocking out a ‘one-pager’… Words today are so instant, accessible and everywhere, we don’t even think about the technologies that bring them to us; the technologies that mean I can type this at 12:23 in Cornwall and you can read it at 07:24 in New York. Changing a font? Doubling a line space? Bumping up a title size? It’s all possible in a heartbeat; a drop-down menu and a click. Read on >
A wavering wisp of a voice barely audible through the scratching static. Half-heard words crackling across the centuries. Then, as you imagine turning the dial, tuning into a time long gone, slivers of sounds you seem to recognise begin to emerge. Lines no longer tethered silently to the page, but alive with the breath of their creator. Rhymes spoken over 120 years ago by one of Britain’s greatest poets, captured on the surface of a brittle wax cylinder and delivered falteringly into the future. Read on >
Advertising posters – particularly those for films and theatre productions – were once led not by images, but by words. Posters composed purely of text date right back to the plays of Shakespeare, when they were accompanied by a flag flying from the theatre flagpole and sometimes a town-crier style announcement featuring more words. Read on >
For a speech to become a great speech – something remembered – it needs to reach its audience, to know its audience, to answer its audience. It needs to be simple to comprehend but not simplistic in its thinking; its words delivered with true conviction, appropriate to the setting, so that a convergence may take shape – of the right time, the right place, the right words. Read on >
Gay Talese the writer was created before the advent of the tape recorder as a journalistic tool. As a master of non-fiction, whose work reads like the very best fiction has to offer, he would spend days, weeks, sometimes months with his subjects. Not interviewing them but observing them, building a portrait, layer upon layer, subtly constructed by eye and by ear. Read on >
"Another day in The Bayou Mansions…
the thorn in this city’s side.
The ghost at the feast
the rotten tooth with its dull ache
the short and curly hair in the mouthful of sponge cake."
1927 theatre blends eye-popping animation, storytelling, performance and music to staggering effect. Read on >
Christian Beamish, former associate editor at The Surfer’s Journal, built a boat by hand and then sailed it from San Diego down the Baja peninsula. His boat, The Cormorant, had no motor and its safe passage required a combination of kind weather, a resilient and skilful captain, grim determination, prayer and a dose of good luck.
The resulting book is travel writing at its best – adventurous, reflective, thought provoking and inspiring; a journey in the truest sense of the word. We talked to Christian about The Voyage of the Cormorant… Watch and listen >
It’s night time. A young girl sits, head bowed, in a dimly lit police station. A hot breath away, the hulking shadow of an officer reaches out – casting darkness over her slight frame, a mug of steaming coffee trembling as it makes contact with the table in front of her. Fast-falling rain spits against the window, disdainfully rattling the glass at the scene unfolding inside. The young girl stares straight; empty. Catching his eye, the officer leans in close to her scalp, puzzled, “Is that a scar Miss? Is that recent?”. The mug quakes violently then catapults towards the wall, leaving scolding hot coffee dribbling down to the skirting board in thick dark trails…
And so begins the tale of Jodie Holmes, a story critics are proclaiming a true gamechanger. It’s not a film, or a book. It’s not even a play. It’s a video game. Watch and listen >
Poet Matt Harvey has wowed audiences across the country with his inventive wordplay, captivating rhythms and humorous content. Slug is one such poem. Watch a while and lose yourself in the wonder of words. Watch and listen >
If push came to shove and I had to name my favourite piece of writing, then this would be it. Written in about an hour, on deadline, in a press box on a manual typewriter. One draft only. Read on >
From diatribes about technology to three words scribbled on an envelope, a good letter makes your hairs stand up. Award-winning designer Craig Oldham tells us more… Read on >
“You, you walked off the water in a porcupine of light
Strains of gold drizzled out to the tips of your wasps…” Watch and listen >