26 Members’ News: April 2023

Early this month, on its third anniversary, I wrapped up my project Dispatches from a Small World, reporting from my London garden in sketches.

Three years

648 sketches

One blog

(As 26ers who’ve worked with me will know, I’m incapable of doing anything by halves.)

You can find the story of the project here, and the blog – which will become an online archive for the project – here.

– Lydia Thornley


Congratulations to 26er Susannah Hart for her latest success in the National Poetry Competition!

The National Poetry Competition is the world’s most prestigious single poem competition with over 17,000 entries submitted from around the world. This is the 3rd time in 4 years that Susannah’s poems have finished in the Top 10, including the year she won. In addition, this year two more of her poems were also long listed (in the top 100). A rare achievement.

Here it is, Strepfather: Three Likenesses. And you can also find our Meet a Member feature with Susannah from 2020, here.


Julia Webb-Harvey has continued to fly the flag for 26 Places in Cornwall, and gave a great interview on Radio Cornwall earlier this month. Tom Scott reports that she set the airwaves buzzing, with listeners calling in with their favourite Cornish place names. And the word “sestude” also greatly pleased the interviewer. We love to hear it! 

The project exhibition has now moved to a new venue at Kresen Kernow, giving still more people the chance to visit.


My news? A short film performed and scripted for Historic England to promote the commissioned resource Knowing Bradford to schools and groups over the coming months. Exciting new project with Alnwick Castle to co-create with Rachel Wood a drama workshop resource for their new Lilidorei project.

– Irene Lofthouse

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