SIX MORE SESSIONS

Writing the City is back, Autumn-shaped.
So far we’ve peered into glasss cabinets chock-full with  jam jars of moles and the like, in the curious and curiosity packed Grant Museum, prompted amongst other things by the idea that these specimens can be (and are) ‘adopted’ – so what would you adopt, who for, and why?

Next up was Jack Kerouac’s On The Road scroll, resplendent on glass rolling pins at the British Library (dating venue of choice for kids with upward inflections and novelty tee-shirts).

 'tell a dream, lose a reader' Henry James

Armed with dream journals adding a cast list of aliases, a quest to find the elusive ‘it’ and a journey – no be bop to be had around Kings Cross on a Tuesday noon, and so to the Royal College of Music’s free lunchtime concert for some Hungarian violin and piano – and what words!

(Incidentally, excellent canteen down in the RCM basement – kedgeree for under a fiver.)

Week 3 was a bright and bitter day, which felt fitting for our trip to the Foundling Museum to learn of the tokens, left like cloakroom tickets  against deposits of abandoned children. Artist John Aldus’ scaled-up replicas are embedded in the paving slabs outside Brunswick Shopping Centre, so off we went, to march on Marchmont Street.

Week 4 commenced in Somerset House – not to skate, but contemplate what kind of penny dreadful the characters of Sweeny Todd would make today. To St Dunstans in the West, and Bell Yard, where Mrs Lovett may have made priest pies. We pried in crypts and falafel stands, talked to vergers, wandered down narrow alleys, and mixed it all up.

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About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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