WTC#4: The London Vernacular

Paul Bommer exhibition at the Townhouse in Spitalfields

INSPIRED by rhyming slang and bingo calls, and
taking a word or two from the artworks in Townhouse, CockneyAlphabetBlue-lores
Write a list piece using your own particular vernacular.
Take inspiration from the language used in the prints
Add some found text from the streets of Spitalfields
(graffiti, in shop signs, and in overheard conversations)
Use the research materials from Bishopsgate Library….
Write about the tattoo you never had –
The place! (on your person and where the deed was done)
The image!
The event it commemorates!
(make it all up – wild as you like)
Cats & Dogs & Rabbits & Horses, etc
Following Master Bommer’s Cats Illustrated, consider the
Creatures in your own life, and write them a
Celebratory Verse
 (please visit The London Vernacular page for our responses)

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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