Written language is a fairly recent form of expression. For centuries it remained a skill reserved only for the privileged few. Not that long ago, in fact, the term ‘writer’ was used to refer to someone who was paid to commit to paper the words of others, who had no command of writing. Nowadays the world has writers who express, in their own words, what matters to them. Literary writers have moreover mastered the art of doing so in an unusually creative or innovative manner. Thriving literature is needed to keep a language alive. The rise of visual and computer language does not detract from this. On the contrary.