Telling the stories of the artefacts, Artefact

During July-August 2012 Creative Future ran a course at Brighton Museum called ‘Museum Tales’. Run by Liz Bahs, a published poet, course participants, all marginalized writers, produced the following pieces inspired by the Museum’s collection. At the end of the course they performed their work in the Museum galleries. The course will run again in January 2013. For more information check their website.

Creative Future run the creative writing workshops in partnership with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Museum Tales performance
Museum Tales performance

Artefact

You’re my pottery child

I kneaded you from raw clay

I adored you

but you never liked yourself much

you wanted to be

a Grayson Perry earthenware pot

the Wembley turf

John Lennon’s glasses

the Bayeux tapestry

Krakatoa

the Cerne Abbas horny hillside giant

Marcel Duchamp’s urinal

the Venus of Willendorf

the Mariana trench

Tracy Emin’s bed

the Rosetta Stone

a Lalique amber vase

the Seven Sisters

the Shard

Queen Victoria’s vast cotton knickers

the Okavango delta

Frankie Howerd’s last wig

the Cheops pyramid

the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway

the Crab nebula

not this

a stirrup cup circa 1780

in the shape of a half-potato

you brim with disappointment

but look how handsome you are

in your white pearlware

biscuit glaze gleaming

like polished ivory

Tony Spiers

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