John Simmons

26 Treasures

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.
55 printed pages

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