Podcast: Pip Williams on how Dyslexia shaped her love of storytelling

Podcast: Pip Williams on how Dyslexia shaped her love of storytelling

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Pip Williams has written one of the most talked about books of the year – The Dictionary of Lost Words, a fictional retelling of the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Here she talks to Cheryl Akle about her love of words, stories and how her dyslexia shaped that.

About the author:

Pip was born in London, grew up in Sydney and now calls the Adelaide Hills home. She is co-author of the book Time Bomb: Work Rest and Play in Australia Today (New South Press, 2012) and in 2017 she wrote One Italian Summer, a memoir of her family’s travels in search of the good life, which was published with Affirm Press to wide acclaim. Pip has also published travel articles, book reviews, flash fiction and poetry. In The Dictionary of Lost Words she combines her talent for historical research with beautiful storytelling. She has delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary and found a tale of missing words and the lives of women lived between the lines.

The Dictionary of Lost Words  will be published in dozens of countries and translated into multiple languages.

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Everyone is Talking about The Dictionary of Lost Words By Pip Williams. Here, Pip Has Her Say

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11 May 2020

Everyone is Talking about The Dictionary of Lost Words By Pip Williams. Here, Pip Has Her Say

    A Thought-Provoking Celebration of Words: Take a Sneak Peek at The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

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    5 May 2020

    A Thought-Provoking Celebration of Words: Take a Sneak Peek at The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

      The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams is Absolutely Extraordinary

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      27 April 2020

      The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams is Absolutely Extraordinary

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            Synopsis

            Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary.Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day, she sees a slip containing the word bondmaid flutter to the floor unclaimed. Esme seizes the word and hides it in an old wooden trunk that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. She begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape our experience of the world.
            Pip WIlliams
            About the author

            Pip WIlliams

            Pip Williams was born in London and grew up in Sydney. She has spent most of her working life as a social researcher and is co-author of the book Time Bomb: Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today (NewSouth Press, 2012). Her creative non-fiction has been published in InDaily and The Australian and produced for Radio Northern Beaches, and she is very proud of a poem she published in Dolly magazine when she was fifteen years old.Pip Williams lives in the Adelaide Hills with her partner, two boys and an assortment of animals.

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