A sense of belongings

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A sense of belongings | Queen Mary University of London

The Inspiration Machine: Creative writing for everyone

If I tell you to write a story about anything, you might feel quite stuck. But if I say that the story must include a goldfish, a gun and the Queen of England, then ideas suddenly start to sprout. This is the creative magic of constraint. This playful workshop is an opportunity to find out how famous (and infamous) writers use creative constraints and games, and to try some out for yourself. The workshop will be led by children’s authors Anna Kemp (Dogs don’t do ballet, The Worst Princess), and Sylvia Bishop (Erica’s Elephant, The Bookshop Girl). Suitable for aspiring writers, the curious, and the silly. Age 10+.

Emotional Objects: from Lost Amulets to Found Photos

A lost necklace received as a gift from a loved one, a stash of photographs found in a dusty attic – what objects are you emotionally attached to, and what feelings do they conjure up? Queen Mary’s Centre for the History of the Emotions (organisers of 2016’s Museum of the Normal) return in 2017 with this drop-in late at the Royal College of Nursing, where visitors will enter a pop-up world of activities, talks and performances investigating what we feel about objects. Expect puppetry workshops, emotional talismans and displays of healing objects.

Left Luggage: Reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station

The dramatic backdrop of Waterloo Station, point of arrival in London for Caribbean migrants in the 1950s, provides the setting for this guided walk. Experience the vibrant writing of Trinidadian-born novelist Sam Selvon, who evokes the expectations and apprehensions of new arrivals at Waterloo, as well as feelings of loss and nostalgia. Our stroll around the station and its environs will take in Selvon’s lyrical and witty reflections on London Transport, on railway travel and waiting in stations, on the pleasure of chance meetings and the alienation of encountering a city of strangers. In partnership with the Migration Museum Project.