Discover the full catalogue of G&T’s in this Friday G&T Gallery. Created every week, each G&T is a short, thoughtful piece of writing. Sign up for, or nominate your own G&T, by emailing Louise Clifton.
Why we should avoid stock phrases and find particular words in our professional writing. A quote from Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks features in this week’s Friday G&T.
Putting word down on paper, from E.M. Forster
Friday 16 February 2018
When you have a difficult message to tell, seeing what you need to say is a useful way to test the strength, resolution and approach of your words.
A question to nurture a culture of feedback and openness
Friday 9 February 2018
As Keith Grint and others have emphasised, questions which stimulate insight are key to a leader’s capability set. If you want to nurture a culture of feedback and openness, try starting with this question:
Reference: Grint. K. (2010) Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
A reminder from E.B. White, journalist and writer
Friday 26 January 2018
Our writing should not only report, but shape.
A quote from Rachel Carson, marine biologist and nature writer
Friday 19 January 2018
Blurring the lines between literature and science, Rachel Carson brings together the art of narrative with the intricacies of science.
Which road will you take in 2018? A poem by Robert Frost
Friday 12 January 2018
The first G&T of 2018 inspires is Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken‘. Which road will you take this New Year?
Finding the right narrative – a story about a conference
Friday 15 December
Taken from a blog featured on the Staff Development Forum, this G&T celebrated the role of narrative as an integral part of every persons leadership practice.
A witty remark from Evelyn Waugh
Friday 7 December
When asked how he wrote the novels that has made him one of the great literary figures, Evelyn responded with these words. A reminder that sometimes, we all just push words around a bit.
Words from Of grit and granite
Friday 1 December
These words remind us that so often our beginning has a part to play in anchoring us during times of change.
A quote from John Simmonds’ Dark Angels
Friday 24 November
Some comforting words from John, reminding us that words – written and spoken – connect us, person to person.
Words from Dorothe Brande, a writer and editor
Friday 17 November
Taken from ‘Becoming a writer‘, her words illuminate the dual nature of every writer.
A quote from Émile Zola, a French novelist, playwright and journalist
Friday 10 November
On the art of being precise.
A quote from Arthur Kudner, an American advertising executive
Friday 3 November
Don’t forget the little words. They say what they mean.
A witticism from Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, inventor and writer
Friday 27 October
When it’s all that you can do to make it halfway down your to-do list by Friday afternoon, isn’t this the most familiar feeling?
A word from a novelist
Friday 20 October
Sound advice from Jennifer Egan, author and Pulitzer prize winner, on the art of writing.
A quote from Robert Frost, an American poet
Friday 13 October
Words do not need to be limited by the restrictions of a report that presumes you must think, write and compose in a predetermined way. Extend your thinking, consider poetry.
A snippet from ‘H is for Hawk‘ by Helen Marshall, nominated by Corony Edwards
Friday 29 September
Our first guest G&T nominated by Corony Edwards.
“I was struck by how MacDonald uses words to conjure a rich sense of the essence, the experience, the impact of a goshawk, compared with the clinical description of the manual. In an age when dry factual statements and metrics seem to rule, and data and corporate rhetoric converge towards bland homogeneity, more than ever we need to harness the power of language to bring to life the unique flavour of the phenomena we are describing. We need our words to ‘stamp the image indelibly on your brain, and leave you hungry for more’.”
A quote from The Invisible Grail by John Simmons, programme facilitator and author of our namesake at Invisible Grail
Friday 22 September
At the start of the academic year we all need a little moment of solace. Taken from the book that is our namesake, John Simmons (author and programme facilitator), provides some reassuring advice.
A short poem by Christopher Logue CBE
Friday 15 September
Christopher Logue CBE, poet and self-confessed ‘rewrite man’ is the author of this weeks G&T. ‘Come to the edge’ one of Christopher Logue’s more popular poems, reminds us that we must not be afraid to try.
A quote from Dr Johnson, writer, critic and essayist
Friday 8 September
His words are as relevant then as they are now. Dr Johnson’s astute observation speaks in its own right for the ability to say so much with so few words. And to make this familiar idea, seem almost new.
A quote from Terrence Gargiulo, Organisational Development Specialist
Friday 1 September
Stories: a word at risk of being overused and misunderstood. Here, Terrence Gargiulo simplifies our understanding – stories are a means to reach one another.
Island Man by Grace Nichols
Friday 11 August 2017
Chosen by Louise Clifton, it speaks to our longing for other places, a feeling so apt for August. It was a also a timely piece when so much conversation was had around the misinformation of international student numbers. This is a reminder that the lines we draw are often not as clear as some may wish they were.
George Orwell’s six rules for writing from ‘Politics and the English Language’
Friday 4 August
A letter by Robert Pirosh, Screenwriter and Director
Friday 28 July 2017
Applying for a new post? Here is one of the best letters ever in this genre. Worth reading, even if you’re blissfully wedded to your job, for the sheer joy of language. Nominated by Stuart Delves, Programme Director at Invisible Grail.
I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.
I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.
I have just returned and I still like words.
May I have a few with you?
385 Madison Avenue
A quote by Benjamin Whorf, an American linguist
Friday 21 July 2017
Renowned for his advocacy that language and it’s structure impacts upon a persons experience of the world, this quote captures the essence of his Benjamin Whorf’s work. Nominated by John Simmons, a Programme Director at Invisible Grail.
A haiku by Paul Gentle, Academic Director at Invisible Grail
Friday 14 July 2017
Our first G&T. A good reminder of the importance of stopping, once in a while.
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