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The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing SOLD OUT

Wednesday 26 March 2014

1 Hour


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Distinguished calligrapher Professor Ewan Clayton tells the story of the written word from the first representative shapes used by the ancient Egyptians to the drop-down menus on a Macbook Pro. Clayton explores each step in the progress of writing and its social and cultural impact on the age, covering the invention of the alphabet, the replacement of Papyrus with the codex in the late Roman period, the perfection of printing and its industrialisation, and the impact of digital. And he asks the fundamental question: ‘What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century?’

Clayton is professor in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at the University of Sunderland. He has exhibited and taught calligraphy across the world.