Category: Literature

  • Each stone might be a cist

    “Each stone might be a cist where memory sleeps in dust  And nothing tells more than the silent mist That smokes along the Heather blackened fells” [Andrew Young, Elgin born minister (went to C of E, hence “fells”?!)]

  • English is an African language

    A post I came across which Languagehat enjoyed too when I sent it on to him, it concerns the debate about African writers writing in English, and whether this is an unwanted remnant of colonialism. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is the writer who has really backed this argument. But Biodun Jeyifo, a scholar of African studies and…

  • Jack and the Beanstalk – an economic analysis

    “Jack was commissioned by his mother to sell the last of their worldly goods on the open market.  This flies in the face of common sense, the last of their worldly goods was a source of constant food, and potentially a source of steady revenue. “The mother obviously did not know of one of the…

  • Gedicht

    Het is belangrijk om in een saaie omgeving te leven ik ben een oneetbare nachtvlinderonderscheid mij van de eetbare exemplarendoor mij op het juiste moment als een debiel te gedragenhet is belangrijk om in een saaie omgeving te levenen ik hecht aan de gedachte slechts een voorbeeldje te zijner lopen mensen rond die het recht op…

  • Story of Sinuhe

    A verse epic, although not very long, from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt circa 1800BC, but only discovered in 1895. A rich text, full of different forms eg letters, use of foreign words, probably performed as well as read.  Clearly popular for hundreds of years as fragments have been found in lots of different places…