Down, Down, Deeper and Down

Week 1 of Autumn 2013 – and we *dug* DIG

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Our latest batch of WTC  days – hurrah! – and in the nick of time to catch Artangel’s installation in what was once a 2,500 seater Odeon, was then a car park and is now a big muddy hole.

Daniel Silver had filled the site with sculptures inspired by the objects Freud kept on his desk –  lumpen forms throned in puddles of reflected city, mud-caked fragments, and rows of cast white creatures from a garden centre of the mind.

We began the day at Mary Ward, where we spliced together our own movie of dream fragments. We talked pomegranates and nightmares, read some poems about Persephone and the Underworld, and headed out along Gower Street to under the foundations of UCH. Crossing a gangplank, we clambered down, down, deeper and down as the Quo would have it,  to dig from the muddy word pools of our own minds.

See the DIG page to discover what we unearthed….

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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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