Monuments and Mutability

Monuments and Mutability

WTC #5 Took us to the 4th floor coffee shop in John Lewis, Oxford Street (madness, you might say, at prime time elevensies, and you would not be wrong) where we looked down onto Cavendish Square and  Written in Soap: A Plinth Project – a sculpture created in soap by the artist Meekyoung Shin.

Over frothy coffees, while others around us may have been making seasonal shopping lists, our group was busy considering what soap is made of, what weathers and mellows (and what doesn’t), who gets remembered in marble and granite – and who maybe should.

And so to the ground floor perfumery to gather inspiration from all the smellies…

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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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