Tuesday Toot – Mary Victoria and River

Tuesday Toot is a semi-regular feature here at The Word. An invite-only series of short posts where writers, editors, booksellers and other creatives have been asked to share their stuff and toot their own horn. It’s hard to be seen in the digital morass and...

The story’s the thing and the meaning of words

I like words. That much is blatantly obvious to anyone who knows me and most who don’t. Language, words and stories are the foundation of everything we’ve become as a cultural animal. Language and words evolve too. You might hate it when people say arks...

A little bit of bookshelf porn

We moved into our house about three and a half years ago and one of the things we sorely lacked was bookshelf space. Let’s be honest, there’s never enough. Unless you’re Neil Gaiman – seriously, have you seen that guy’s library? Here,...

Meme – The Nobel Prize for Literature

I pinched this off Ian Sales blog. You know me, I love a good literary meme. This one is very high-brow – all the Nobel Prize for Literature winners since 1901. The rules are the same as usual: bold if you’ve read anything by the author, italicise if it’s on the...

Beautiful book shop stop-motion animation

I found this via Neil Gaiman’s Twitter feed (@neilhimself). He said: People kept sending me this YouTube stop motion bookstore video, and finally I watched it. Now in love. And I have to agree with him. It’s just beautiful and it must have taken an...