A bit of a writerly smorgasbord today.
First off, there’s a fascinating article in New Scientist magazine about the benefits of hand-writing over typing, which suggests, amongst other things, that we understand more of what we read or hear when we make hand-written notes rather than typing. This could have unforeseen consequences; as the magazine puts it, “typing rather than writing by hand may alter the way we think”. I’m digging out my fountain pen as I speak.
Second, the Arthur Ransome Trust are busy fund-raising for their ultimate aim – to provide a permanent centre dedicated to the author’s work in the area that inspired him so much, the south Lakes. This would hopefully be based somewhere around the Windermere/Coniston area which provided such a colourful backdrop to his Swallows & Amazons series, which in turn helped to instil a life-long love of the area in thousands of children, including me. I wish them luck; if you want to check out their upcoming events, fund-raisers etc then look no further than their nicely illustrated website.