Language made us human. Writing gave us civilization.


We are born with language, but writing had to be invented. This is about how that happened and what happened next. We don’t know why no one has treated writing before but we are delighted to be the first.

With authors, linguists, historians, editors, anthropologists, teachers, book makers, and many many children.

This series follows The Human Language Series, a huge success on PBS, and now in over 3,000 schools and colleges. The series explores what language is and how it works in three 1-hour DVDs.