News | Published: Fri 30 Nov 2007
Museum-based writing group born out of summer workshops
A series of popular creative writing workshops held at the Fitzwilliam Museum this summer has resulted in a unique lasting partnership between those who took part.
Several members of the public who attended workshops given by the poet and novelist Jackie Kay and poet Tamar Yoseleff found these creative courses - designed to explore the themes suggested by the exhibition Howard Hodgkin: Paintings 1992-2007 - so enjoyable that they now return regularly to the Fitzwilliam Museum having formed their own independent writing group, which uses the Museum’s collections as inspiration for their work.
Howard Hodgkin’s oil paintings, which were on display at the Museum from 24 May to 23 September 2007, aim to recapture past experiences and emotions through the use of colour and proved ideal stimulation for creative writers on these workshops. Jackie Kay’s two ‘True Colours’ courses, organised in association with Cambridgeshire Libraries Literature Development, used Hodgkin’s images to explore issues of culture and identity, while Tamar Yoseleff’s workshop ‘Framing Memory’ encouraged participants to focus on the themes of fragmented narrative, interiors and intimacy in Hodgkin’s work. The two writing groups were subsequently invited back to meet each other and share their work, which resulted in the forming of this new creative collaboration. Nearly half of those who attended Jackie’s workshops now take part.
Julia Tozer, Head of Education at the Fitzwilliam Museum, said, ‘We’re all delighted with this response to the workshops, and the fact that the Museum is continuing to inspire these writers independently.’