Consumer: Words as Words curated by It’s Nice That at Selfridges

Last week we attended the Words as Words event at Selfridges, as curated by online publication It’s Nice That.  The talk was the third in a series of discussions and presentations celebrating all things ‘language’, and part of the Words Words Words six-month takeover at London’s iconic department store, this season.

Set in the store’s Ultralounge, which has been temporarily converted into a interactive library, guest speakers included poet and lexicographer at the Oxford English Dictionary, Giles Goodland who spoke about the evolution of language since the dictionary’s inception, published writer Richard Beard who explored experimental storytelling on new reading platforms such as the Kindle and iPad, and speech therapist and scientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London Dr. Jenny Crinion, who explained her fascinating methods in understanding the brain and language recovery.

The fourth and final talk in this series is entitled Words as Performance, exploring the relationship between creative expression and storytelling, and will include a talk from Tim Clare, founder of mobile ‘poetry emporium’, The Poetry Takeaway.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to snap up the last remaining tickets for the event you still have a chance to check out the creative brilliance of It’s Nice That in the form of a giant, fortune-telling ‘word-a-coaster’, which has been installed into the Orchard Street window of Selfridges.

Watch the wooden, word-inspired marvel in action here.  – Samantha Fox

Images and event information courtesy of It’s Nice That.


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