Travelling Through The Museum

On Friday I ran a writers’ workshop at the Portsmouth Museum. Participants were asked to pick an object from the exhibition ‘A Hard Choice’ that they would like to find themselves. They then wrote their fantasy journey to find this particular treasure. Some truly inspired adventures and wonderful imagery emerged over the course of the afternoon.

Here’s a poem I’ve written that hopefully captures some of the spirit of the wonderful writing that the participants produced –

Found

Travelling with Bonnie Prince Charlie
through tartan glass, the fragments
of Chinese slippers, a hat
you can’t remember the name of
but still see on your great uncle
as he peers at you through his cracked monocle.

You are a collector of fine wine,
the wind that blows in the trees,
a doll that was broken
and could never be fixed.

You head out into the spring rain
with the taste of eels in your mouth,
slippery and unsure. The path
is strewn with active volcanoes,
ice storms, hot sand under your feet.

You celebrate nightfall
as a deep purple bruise.
You fly into the jungle,
no longer sure if your specimen jars
should hold Aboriginal stories
or if laughter can be posted home.

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2 thoughts on “Travelling Through The Museum

  1. Still working on my story which appears to have gone off on a tangent as usual. Really enjoyed your poem and I’m inspired again to carry on writing. Regards Nick  From: Writer in Residence Aoife Mannix To: nick_morrish@yahoo.co.uk Sent: Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 14:07 Subject: [New post] Travelling Through The Museum #yiv4348360432 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4348360432 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4348360432 a.yiv4348360432primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4348360432 a.yiv4348360432primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4348360432 a.yiv4348360432primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4348360432 a.yiv4348360432primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4348360432 WordPress.com | aoifemannix posted: “On Friday I ran a writers’ workshop at the Portsmouth Museum. Participants were asked to pick an object from the exhibition ‘A Hard Choice’ that they would like to find themselves. They then wrote their fantasy journey to find this particular treasure. So” | |

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  2. Aoife Thanks for a great workshop at the museum. I’ve attached my reworked short story ‘A Question of Perspective’, loosely based around the painting of the Needles from the Isle of Wight. I hope you don’t mind my scurrilous slandering of museum staff in the story! It’s all fiction, honest. Regards Nick Morrish   From: Writer in Residence Aoife Mannix To: nick_morrish@yahoo.co.uk Sent: Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 14:07 Subject: [New post] Travelling Through The Museum #yiv2208408343 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2208408343 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2208408343 a.yiv2208408343primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2208408343 a.yiv2208408343primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2208408343 a.yiv2208408343primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2208408343 a.yiv2208408343primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2208408343 WordPress.com | aoifemannix posted: “On Friday I ran a writers’ workshop at the Portsmouth Museum. Participants were asked to pick an object from the exhibition ‘A Hard Choice’ that they would like to find themselves. They then wrote their fantasy journey to find this particular treasure. So” | |

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