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.
This weeks G&T is simply, a word from an author.
A quote from Robert Frost
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
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.
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.
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
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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