Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Chancery of Lost and Found

Anyone interested in a broad creative exploration of the idea of museums, archives and collections might enjoy my upcoming installation The Chancery of Lost and Found that will be open throughout the Bath International Literature Festival the first week of March 2015. Working in conjunction with my Young Writers' Lab and based on the idea of an archive of objects, stories and memories both real and imaginary people are invited to come and contribute, bring in an object or old photo or piece of ephemera with meaning, write their own fictional version of the city of Bath... It should be like walking into a multi dimensional version of Bath - alive and evolving with every visitor, celebrating the ordinary, the strange, the personal and the fantastical - uncovering the essence of the city for each inhabitant. There will also be school workshops and hopefully a performance. More details can be found here http://bathfestivals.org.uk/literature/the-chancery/

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Secret City - The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol - 13th-19th October 2014.

Me and my friend Ana are very excited as it is nearly time for our residency at The Edwardian Cloakroom in Bristol. Here is a blurb I wrote about it and the flyer. Also please contact me if you would be interested in bringing any school or community groups in for a free workshop. Please also note there will be a performance at 7pm on Saturday 18th October. Please drop by - there will be lots of interest for those of a collecting, alternative exhibition, archive persuasion!

Secret City is a collaborative, evolving, drop-in writing installation that will be created over the week of the 13th of October in the Edwardian Cloakroom (Woodland Road/Park Row) by the writers Alice Maddicott and Ana Seferovic with help from members of the Bristol public. Alice and Ana will be resident in the cloakroom, spending the whole week creating work inspired by the setting, its atmosphere, history and the surrounding area, as well as old photos and objects, playing with the conventions of found notes, lists, graffiti and anonymous messages to create an immersive archive of writing that will transform the cloakroom as the week progresses. Members of the public, as well as any school or community groups who are interested, are invited to drop by and contribute to the installation, leaving their own stories, memories, creative interpretations to help build this evolving body of site-specific work. The residency will culminate in a performance on Saturday 18th (7pm - time to be confirmed) where people are invited to come back and read their work from the installation, as well as listen to Alice, Ana and local musicians. The installation will also be documented to form an archive of imagination and interpretation - of thought rather than fact - that will hopefully allow the project to continue to evolve after its physical completion.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Hidden Memorial Park of Self Sacrifice.

Though I am currently very rural, I have had 3 or 4 periods when I lived in London, 3 of those close to The City. But when I was visiting a friend the other week we went on an explore (via the Museum of London, which I would recommend anyone to go to - great costume collection - I love the Regency pleasure gardens exhibit!), and she showed me this place which I had never seen before.

Like so many gems in London this memorial is hidden in a small park. I would have only have found without being shown if I had happened to stumble into that little park - it doesn't announce it is there, it is just quietly memorialising in a way which suits the everyday immensity of what it represents. Underneath an unassuming wooden awning there are a number of ceramic plaques in memory of ordinary people who lost their lives trying to save others - relatives or strangers - they sacrificed themselves. I found this place hugely moving - its understated quality highlighting even more the immensity of these actions. There is little more I can say, other than that I am happy that this collection of memorials exists. I will upload some photos to expand this memorial in some little way, and let you experience a little of it yourself in case you never stumble across it.