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Explore New Writing
Even the greatest inferno of a book begins as the merest spark: a word, a phrase, a snatch of conversation, the vanishing flavour of a dream, often slipping from the reach of memory as we open our eyes to the day. They all start somewhere. They all grow from scribbled notes into many dancing shapes before eventually finding their place, embalmed between two covers on a shelf. But the books of the future may remain as living things, seized by new writers, worked by new hands, growing into new forms in the eager foundries of new minds: evolving, down the generations just as stories always have done. For this is how it always has been - ever since the first story emerged into the world as a tiny struggling bundle wrapped in the first strands of grammar: for stories have always travelled from tongue to tongue, book to book, gaining new ideas, flavours, shapes, limbs, colours and light and thus remaining the property of no one and the birthright of all. So come with me now and let us pay homage to the mothers of idea, the midwives of thought, the weavers of phrase, the blacksmiths at work on their books and let us see how we can help them clutch the world in a word, unleash the phrase that snaps open the locks of logic; help them deliver wisdom in the face of wonder and wonder in the face of existence. Remember our time here is brief. We are a tiny world alone in an eternity of night. So let us dance by the firelight and sing beneath the stars and cast new songs into the darkness so that joy itself will live on and the treasures that have been so carefully placed in our hands, will be all the greater when we carefully place them in the small hands that follow ours – and let us be glad that we can add our own small voice to the rising chorus of of the world.
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