Lights! Camera! Action!

The sixth and final meeting in the latest series of Writing The City found us in the Covent Garden branch of the London Film Museum

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where fragments of just about every film made in or about London are currently being shown in a dizzying and crazy muddle – Margaret Rutherford meets Spice Girls meet Shakespeare in Love….

So the challenge was a simple one: Make Your Own London Movie.

Armed with animators’ storyboarding notepaper, and instructed to use a stolen line of film dialogue as a starter, we continued on to the Royal Opera House right next door, where (purely by chance) thousands of schoolchildren were performing music and movement in the grand foyer. Outside on the terrace,  the backstage teams could be spied through a row of studio windows, all busy with behind the scenes work; making costumes, giving physio, doing accounts… Below, in the Piazza, hundreds of giant easter eggs on plinths. In the distance, pigeons courted on copper-green rooftops, and the grey horizon spread like a painted set, flattening Nelson’s Column, aligning it with the London Eye…..


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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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