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I lead workshops at the British Library, on literature, language, art, history, and the culture of the book; and teach the history of printing at other institutions. I research language usage during the First World War, and lead the Languages and the First World War project. Author of Discovering Words, Discovering Words in the Kitchen, Evolving English Explored, Team Talk - sporting words & their origins, Trench Talk - the Language of the First World War (with Peter Doyle); How to Cure the Plague; The Finishing Touch; and Words and the First World War. As an artist I work in performance, public engagement, and intervention using drawing, curating, text, changing things and embroidery.


Sunday, 10 June 2012

The sampler as advertising

In this one I'm exploring the nature of self-promotion that the sampler involves; children advertising their skills, showing off what they can do in a way that says basically 'look at me'. I have been reading J G Ballard's Kingdom Come while I've been making this. 

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