Debbie Hepplewhite · Graham Greene · illiteracy · paucibacillary · The Quiet American

Meaning no harm…?

Many years ago, I developed a taste for the novels of Graham Greene and, although I didn’t find his tale The Quiet American (1955) as enthralling as some of his others, nevertheless, a phrase from the book has always reverberated in my  mind. It’s a complex meditation on the changing order of power relations in, particularly… Continue reading Meaning no harm…?

Evening Standard · illiteracy · Sounds-Write

Reading and writing as Standard

Two days ago the Evening Standard underscored exactly how serious the problem of illiteracy is in London. Its report, which confined itself to the situation in the capital, claimed that:  one in four children is ‘practically illiterate when they leave school’; that there are ‘one million adults in the capital who cannot read with confidence’;… Continue reading Reading and writing as Standard