It’s been a bit of a strange week: dodgy weather, intermittent internet and here in the UK, the schools are on a week’s break, so I’ve had a house full of miniature humans. I’ve got to Friday and my head just feels like a bucket full of bleurgh.
The literary world (and humanity in general) lost one of it’s greats this week and among the many tributes was this stunning piece of work by James Hance which he’s donated to the ‘Please Touch Museum’ in Philadelphia. It captures her spirit wonderfully and I think she’d be honoured not only by the piece itself, but at the thought of it’s destination. I don’t know the museum, but from it’s website and it’s mission statement I just know it’s a place she’d approve of. If you’ve never seen James’ work before, I wholeheartedly recommend taking a look at this site and following him on facebook.
The Hay Literary Festival has been in full swing for over a week now. Unfortunately, due to aforementioned small beings I’ve had to relinquish a lot of ‘quiet time’ so failed to get as involved in it as I would’ve liked. I did pick up on one thing his morning though and it was this panel discussion on using television as an aid to reading. At a time when the education gap between classes is getting wider, it’s even more vital that we reach kids through any tool at our disposal, and only a fool would dismiss the medium of television. I’m still hoping for a Jackanory revival personally.
LeVar Burton is being ‘all the awesome’ again. His Reading Rainbow show in the US taught kids for 23 years until 2006 and he’s campaigned for literacy programs since. Only this week, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the program back into schools and homes. It’s already hit $2.5 million in pledges. Why? Because it worked. It connected kids and their families, and from there, they learnt about the joy of reading. And they want to do it again, this time through their tablets. I only hope he can come over here and kick some sense into our Education minister.
Well that’s it for this week. As I type, our PS3 has just derped and requires a full reset, so that’s my Bioshock save out the window. Along with about two dozen games, including my download of Injustice: Gods Among Us which I was hoping to finally get some Wonder Woman action on tonight.