‘at sixes and sevens’ – the expression derives from the ordering of the Guilds. Who knew? Week #3 found us in the City, starting in St Lawrence Jewry as the organist warmed up the pipes ahead of their lunchtime concert. Prompting began here, looking at the symbols – the griddle St Lawrence was martyred upon, now an emblem on the church vane. And mottos. Each guild  has one. Some are fantastic.


Ding Dong! To the Watchmakers Guild collection at noon, poised to listen as all the time pieces did their thing.

Check out ‘Spring #3: Worshipful’ to see what we wrote…

‘I loved listening to the organ recital when we went to St. Lawrence Jewry in the city, and the fact that all that huge music was produced by two blushing sixth formers. I enjoyed looking at the objects in the Wellcome Museum, and the flights of fancy that followed. I liked the day on crime fiction, and that people laughed at my monologue.

But I also liked that first day when we walked around in the unexpected sunshine and just being in those odd places like the Finsbury Health Centre.

What we get up to is having a lovely surprise every Tuesday, not really knowing where we’re going and why, plus lots of stimuli to write about these places and things in whatever way suits us.

What we get out of it is an extraordinary, self indulgent day with a group of friendly like-minded people (and a chance to eat lunch in the Bedford Hotel, and other unlikely places!)’ 

(thanks, Janet! Feedback just in from the latest Spring round of WTC)


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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