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Does some writing go out of its way to be obscure? Artist, Grayson Perry suggests it might

I’m just catching up with the excellent Grayson Perry Reith Lectures on Radio Four (why am I always one step behind?).

The first in the series – ‘Democracy has bad taste’ – is about the complexity of judging quality in contemporary art. At one point Grayson talks about how impenetrable the art world can be at times for outsiders, particularly because of its seriousness, which he says is protected by language.

He uses a quote from the editor of a highbrow arts magazine to illustrate this. Talking about a previous editor, she said, “English wasn’t her first language so during her tenure as the editor, the magazine suffered from the wrong kind of unreadability.”

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Forming Words – exhibition at Flow Gallery, Notting Hill

Anyone who’s read this blog before will know how much I love art that incorporates text.

So I was very excited to find out about Forming Words – an exhibition at Flow Gallery in Notting Hill.

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Client of the month – Evoke bespoke furniture

I do love my job – especially when I get to work with clients like Evoke – a bespoke furniture maker based in west London.

Evoke is a small company that likes to keep business local to make sure each client gets a truly personal service. I love their ethos and of course their stunningly beautiful products which are a joy to write about.

Each piece of Evoke furniture is made for a particular space and to fit with the client’s taste and lifestyle. There are no sales people. One of the team, usually head designer, Tom, will visit each client to find out exactly what they want, and to see the space.

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Put your writing on a diet

Slimming down what you write needn’t mean your copy loses weight – it actually makes it stronger. Important points will stand out more and people will be more likely to read it.

We all cave into temptations now and again such as stuffing our copy with redundant words. But just as you might choose an apple instead of a cupcake (yeah, right) try to choose less flabby words and phrases for your writing.

The word ‘that’ is a good place to start.

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Choosing key words… with Peter and Jane

keyword_imgAh. Information.  Sometimes it comes from the unlikeliest of places. Like this gem about Ladybird books from, ahem, the BBC TV show, Flog It!

Its groan out loud, pun-strewn format is the last place I’d imagine discovering interesting wordy things. But in an old episode re-shown recently, presenter Paul Martin visited the Ladybird HQ in Loughborough and revealed this fascinating fact about one of its famous series of books.

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Hello. I'm Elaine, I'm a copywriter and this is my blog.

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