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at the edge between where language fails and where it's at its most powerful

I think the names of colors are at the edge between where language fails and where it’s at its most powerful. … I used to go round the department when I was teaching at UCL, when I was writing…

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Editing Genius: Why Editors Don't Ruin Everything

To say that publishers and editors are odd sorts of people would be true, if a trifle bit unfair. Perhaps it would be more true to say that our perception of publishers is odd. 1,445 more words

Mistakes Editors Make

World Book Day recommended lesson from Bedales Head of English

Of the many books I enjoy teaching, ‘The Children’s Book’ by A S Byatt is particularly rewarding to teach at A Level. The richness of description and the complexity of character are a goldmine for close analysis and the wealth of historical, political, psychological and literary influences on Byatt’s work mean that it lends itself to insightful and deep classroom discussion and essay writing. 470 more words

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Circles and Cycles

I wondered what the building blocks of the universe looked like and found myself on the Cern website reading about Quarks and Leptons. I discovered the language of particle physics to be quite like that of mythology – inhabited with mysterious characters like the charm quark and strange quark, the muon neutrino and the tau governed by fundamental forces that cannot be seen or explained other than by their attributes – like the mythical gods. 1,509 more words

Literature, by A S Byatt

“What literature can and should do is change the people who teach the people who read the books”

- A S Byatt


Tom Stoppard's Arcadia by the English Touring Theatre

‘Arcadia’ by Tom Stoppard is billed as a comedy, and there are certainly some very funny lines, but it’s also a drama that’s about as serious as it gets. 540 more words


Quote: What Colour is Wednesday?

I think vestigially there’s a synæsthete in me, but not like a real one who immediately knows what colour Wednesday is.
A.S. Byatt

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