Another 2017 project with the writers’ group 26 Characters was focused on places and spaces.
The idea was to write…
about somewhere everyday, overlooked or unusual, and to let the writer find their own space.
And, in the best tradition of 26, our writers were given a randomly selected letter of the alphabet as a starting point. They chose a place that began with that letter and wrote about it. Somewhere that held a special interest for them, somewhere, perhaps, they loved or hated. The more specific the better.(https://www.26.org.uk/projects/26-writers-in-residence)
We also teamed up with artists, musicians, designers and photographers to create additional media to go with the piece.
I decided to write about IKEA Reading, which had had to be closed just after it first opened — because a terrible accident had taken place. Holger Schüler created a haunting piece of music to go with my villanelle.