The problem of ‘impact’ (MCV 4)

A conversation with Peter Wright at the Creative Communities 3 conference made me realize that it might be useful to explain why I no longer use the word ‘impact’ in relation to people’s experience of the arts. Peter, who teaches at Murdoch University in Western Australia, gave a rich presentation about his work with Big … Continue reading The problem of ‘impact’ (MCV 4)

Literary novels and the Counter-Reformation

The priests of the Temple of Literature have been issuing instruction, as the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced. John Walsh, writing in the Independent, was relieved by what he saw as the return of the literary novel. Since it may not be immediately apparent what such an object might be, he helpfully … Continue reading Literary novels and the Counter-Reformation