Faraday’s Synaptic Gap

Autumn 2015 WTC #2 – Connectedness over Waterloo Bridge

We shall be looking at the exhibition Faraday’s Synaptic Gap in the Courtauld Library, and then crossing Waterloo Bridge to the Royal Festival Hall – do please take the glass lift up to floor 5, where you’ll find the Saison Poetry Library – and the second half of the Rick Myers exhibition (you can hand in the headphones here).

faradays gap poster

WTC2 Faraday prompts Abstracts – the enemy of creative writing!


Using the free write notes you made at Somerset House, and any observations you make whilst crossing the bridge, consider how to write about connectedness in a way that is meaningful to you – it may be in the geographical sense, or between people, or through time….

“there is nothing between us”

Look at how Sylvia Plath uses imagery in Medusa to write about a certain kind of dis/connect.

Sylvia Plath reading Medusa

In the exhibition – make notes, look at the film and the exhibits in the vitrines, and the selection of books on the shelf.

Use the river and the exhibits as metaphors for connectedness, or you can write directly about these subjects: just think about avoiding abstracts, and using concrete images and actual ‘things’ to anchor foggy ideas.

To read writing from this prompt, visit the page ‘Faraday’s Synaptic Gap’



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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