One of Oxford’s greatest bookstores is undoubtedly Blackwell’s, whose name has long been synonymous with the city and its unrivalled academia. Whilst the chain now owns flagship shops in Cambridge, London Charing Cross Road and Edinburgh South Bridge, it was Oxford’s Broad Street in which Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his first ever store in January 1879. In those … Continue reading

An imaginative way with words

There’s been lots of media interest today in children’s language – their inventive storytelling, familiarity with technology-related terms, and thirst for unusual words. It’s been sparked by OUP’s analysis of more than 74,000 stories written by children for BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition 2012. It just goes to show how vibrant language is, and how fascinated … Continue reading

Oxford Fiction – A Round Up!

Oxford English Dictionary

With the bid decision drawing close, I thought a last post to round up some great Oxford fiction would be in order as I go on holiday tomorrow for a fortnight: when I return, there won’t be long left until the verdict so some supporting information about the city in general and why we deserve … Continue reading

Poem of the Week

Since we’ve had such a good time discussing language issues lately, I thought I’d continue the theme with this poem of the week – from Estonia. Did you know Estonia has the highest number of meteorite craters per land area in the world? No? Me either. [untitled] by Kristiina Ehen Sand martins sea-stone black gulls … Continue reading

What language do you speak?

The Oxford World Book Capital committee is working hard to plan a great year of events for 2014. They’re also working to build up support for the bid and just to let people around Oxford (and the world) know it exists. I came to study and work in Oxford because of its history, but also … Continue reading

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