WORDS IN COMPANY is the blogue of London-based writer

Frances Bingham

with articles written on and off since 2010, mostly meditations on the strange business of working with words, and where we may find inspiration or encouragement.  Here and there I’ve strayed onto other topics, pastoral (with the inevitable whiff of the elegaic) or political (righteous indignation), but I notice that my most-read essays are those about books and reading…

Information about my own writing is on the profile page.

The thing itself by Liz Mathews (text by Virginia Woolf)


‘Words, English words, are full of echoes, memories, associations; naturally, they’ve been out and about, on people’s lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries. …a word is not a single and separate entity, it is part of other words. Indeed, it is not a word until it is part of a sentence. Words belong to each other…’

Craftsmanship, Virginia Woolf, (BBC talk).