The ironic thing about great writers is that they are often terrible writers. Confused? Let me explain. I love to write, and I have been told my stories, articles, poems, etc, are very good. All the way through school, however, I was told that I need to improve my writing. My handwriting that is.
My handwriting is terrible, and many people have trouble reading it. I have actually found this to be the case with a lot of writers. Why this is the case, I'm not quite sure - maybe it is because creative minds create a lot of mess, or that we are in too much of a hurry to get all our ideas down, to worry about legibility.
What with computers, it is not that much of a problem, since anything you officially publish is always typed up. But back in the days before the printing press, it was important to have scribes that could write legibly. Not only did they write legibly, but they also wrote beautifully.
Elegant, free flowing cursive text is as much a form of art as it is a form of communication. calligraphers could spend hours just painting a single letter on a page. One group of people who have a particular interest in this skill is the South London Lettering Association, who between the 26th October - 2nd November are holding a free calligraphy exhibition at Fulham Palace.
They will be displaying examples of both contemporary and traditional styles, as well as holding a workshop on the final day. For £15, you will learn to work with rubber stamps, pens, double pencils, and gold.