A group of writers were invited to put their thoughts about a selection of museum treasures into exactly 62 words. They were writing not as scholars, but to find the personal and emotional links between themselves and the object, and between the past and the present. The results - using 104 treasures taken from the V&A, the National Library of Wales, the Ulster Museum and the National Museum of Scotland - show extraordinary diversity and craft from writers including Andrew Motion, Gillian Clarke, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Maura Dooley, Bernard MacLaverty and Alexander McCall Smith. The collection also introduces a new literary form, the 62 word sestude, to the world.
John Simmons is a writer and co-founder of the writers' organisation 26. John has written many books on creative writing for business (yes, it is possible). The most recent is Room 121, co- written with Jamie Jauncey, another contributor to 26 Treasures. Before that were We, Me, Them & It, The Invisible Grail, Dark Angels and 26 Ways of Looking at a BlackBerry. The Dark Angels Writing courses - run with Stuart Delves and Jamie Jauncey - have become legendary. In 2003, with six other writers, John founded 26, a not-for-profit group that champions the cause of better writing in all areas of life.
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