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Diana Athill and Philip Hensher on the dying art of handwriting

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 08 October 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr discusses the dying art of handwriting with the novelist Philip Hensher. As the typewriter has taken over from the pen, so email is killing off letter-writing, and Diana Athill celebrates the art of correspondence. But the poet Wendy Cope, who has just left thousands of emails to the British Library, welcomes the advent of digital communication, and the philosopher Nigel Warburton tweets, blogs and podcasts.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

  • Philip Hensher

    Philip Hensher is a novelist and critic.

    The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting (and Why it Still Matters) is published by Macmillan.

    Philip Hensher
  • Diana Athill

    Diana Athill is a former literary editor.

    Instead of a Book: Letters to a Friend is published in paperback by Penguin.

  • Wendy Cope

    Wendy Cope is a poet.

    Her latest collection, Family Values, was published last year by Faber and Faber.

    Wendy Cope
  • Nigel Warburton

    Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University.

    Nigel Warburton


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