Periapt | Words We Caught This Week

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Periapt: a charm or amulet. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/periapt Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share periapt with you since it’s quite literally charming. Here’s an example of it in use: They clasped their periapt, quietly murmuring a prayer to the gods as the soldiers entered the town. What can you do with this […]

‘A must read for business people’ | Headshot Diva, by Lis McDermott

Very useful advice for people in business. Headshot Diva focuses on the importance of a good photograph for a high-impact business profile. Written from the perceptive of a photographer, it’s warm and engaging style makes this book an easy read that offers lots of key tips and information for those of us who have an […]

Tricky Font Word Search | Friday Fun

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for some fun! Every Friday we have something you to help you get rested and relaxed for the weekend, from word searches to crosswords. This week’s crossword is all about fonts. I know, your favourite topic… should I use a serif or sans serif font, and is Tahoma nicer than […]

‘Destined to Be a Classic’ | Searching for Seahorses, by Philip John

So good that I bought his other book! This book sets out an intriguing and thought-provoking collection of free-form or half rhyme poetry built around Philip John’s reflections on the world. Some are powerful, some moving and some deeply personal; they span nature, the environment, politics and time. Philip brings a Welsh Valleys perspective to […]

Uncovering Talent in Your Local Community | Q&A with Colum Sanson-Regan

What Is the Value of Community Writing and Arts Projects? Colum has spent considerable time working on community writing and arts projects, helping give a voice to the elderly and vulnerable who are so often ignored by society. These are projects Sanson-Regan believes in completely, which is why he argues that ‘they should be mandatory’ […]

Gaita | Words We Caught This Week

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Gaita: a kind of bagpipe played in northern Spain and Portugal. https://www.lexico.com/definition/gaita Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share gaita with you since we already love the Scottish bagpipes. We though we should go a bit more obscure and hopefully encourage one of you to learn the gaita this year. Here’s […]

‘Vivid and powerful’ | The Tall Owl, by Colum Sanson-Regan

Brilliant collection of stories to enjoy and read more than once. The stories work so well read together in one go, or individually as stand-alone short stories in their own right, which is a powerful combination. It’s easy to read this book quickly in one sitting, but you find yourself drawn back to re-reading your […]

Omphalos | Words We Caught This Week

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Omphalos: the centre or hub of something. https://www.lexico.com/definition/omphalos Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share omphalos with you as the words ‘centre’, ‘pivot’, ‘focal point’ sometimes call for a tad more variety. Here’s an example of it in use: The Wordcatcher website is the omphalos of our communications with our authors […]

Sesquipedalian | Words We Caught This Week

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Sesquipedalian: containing many syllables. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/sesquipedalian Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share sesquipedalian with you as we love the way it sounds, plus the fact it perfectly illustrates the meaning it represents. Here’s an example of it in use: Sesquipedalian is one of the most sesquipedalian words you’ll ever find! What […]

Answers: Challenging Crossword for Publishers #2 | Friday Fun

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As we promised, here are the answers to [crossword number/description]. If you’ve not yet completed this crossword, don’t cheat! Here’s the link [open in new tab] back to the crossword itself. How are you finding the crosswords and other puzzles we’ve posted of late? Let us know: are they too easy, or too difficult, or […]