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Attention is an anthology of student writing developed from a Royal College of Art MA Writing workshop on attention, scale, duration, and endurance delivered by Brian Dillon.

Excerpted from the brief: ‘The task here is to consider the forms of attention or concentration that inform critical (and other kinds of) writing––these may include the duration of looking or experiencing a work of art, place, object, or state; the spatial delimiting of your topic (a place, a room, a detail); the organisation of material by hierarchy or stratification or narrative movement. Among the narrative clichés often levelled at critics is one that says they have not paid enough “attention” to the work at hand… What is, or could be, the duration, extent, and degree of proper attention? We will think about the degree or kind of attention that our writing demands of the reader, and the techniques adopted to persuade a reader that an object or experience is worthy of attention.’


Sally O’Reilly (Foreword)
George Leith
George Lynch
Judith Hagan
Rose Higham-Stainton
Lucy Holt
Laura Robertson
Yuan Xiao
Esme Boggis
Fiona Glen
James Ireland
Yin Ying Kong
Anabelle de Gersigny
Harriet Welch
Hattie Gibson
Nina Hanz

Publication Editors: Yin Ying Kong, Rose Higham-Stainton, Bryony Bodimeade

Designed by: Alec McWilliam
Printed by: Tallinn Book Printers

With many thanks to the Royal College of Art, Brian Dillon, Sally O’Reilly, Jeremy Millar, Emily LaBarge, and Tess Piggott.

120 x 164mm, 95 pages

ISBN 978-1-910642-45-0