COMMENT: A heartening love of words in a digital age

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First published in News

WHAT a great endorsement of our city’s children the Oxford University Word list was.

Clearly the imagination of our youngsters is still thriving, despite living in such a digital age.

Words such as queen, enemy, treasure, and flame reveal our children are still interested in fairytales and adventures.

At a time when there are so many distractions from storytelling, it is reassuring these enduring themes have prevailed.

Only one word in the list reflected the digital resources that surround children – “computer.”

With such a literary history, we can be optimistic the next generation of authors will continue to let their imaginations run free.

Perhaps among those storytellers who took part in the BBC Radio 2 competition will be a future Man Booker winner.

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