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February 2019

My piece of creative nonfiction, At Dr Johnson's House, has been published in OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters.



“Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none,
and the best cannot be expected to go quite true”
— Dr Johnson

It is a wet, unwelcoming evening. I have been invited to a dictionary launch at Dr Johnson’s House in Gough Square, north of Fleet Street, and am wondering whether or not to go. Although I have accepted the invitation, I know I won’t be missed. On the other hand, it is an opportunity to look around the house where Dr Johnson gave birth to his great dictionary, and to see and hear in person the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature — ‘the Laureate’ — who is to be the principal guest. It is this that decides me.

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