Nothing’s Too Good For Ordinary People
Sharp sunshine, an unexpected bonus as we met (some brand new writers alongside returning Writing The City regulars) and off we went, to the London Metropolitan Archive’s Frost Fair exhibition, then back to Mary Ward via Lubetkin’s stunning Finsbury Health Centre and the tranquil Grey’s Inn Gardens, with its bossy signage, discouraging the public from entering its public spaces.
Amazing to think the Thames used to freeze over – and that it was due to the old bridges; the small apertures slowing the river’s flow much in the way an icecream maker works. John McCullough’s title poem from his collection The Frost Fairs was one prompt we used to try and find our own ‘what if?’ way into the history we tapped into.
The layering of time – architecture and its effects on us… (Lubetkin wrote on his ambitions for the Finsbury Health Centre: ‘The spandrels should shine as beautifully as the hair of a beautiful young girl in the summer sunshine.’ Bonus points were offered to any writer who managed to introduce the word SPANDREL into their writing – and a surprising number managed to!)