26 Characters

26 children’s authors transformed themselves into the characters they most loved as children for a photographic exhibition at The Story Museum, Oxford. Call it fate. The name of the exhibition is the same as the official name for our writers’ organisation. This project was meant to be. Paired with one of the portraits and a letter of the alphabet, our writers responded with sestudes.

https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/stories/26-characters-exhibition/26-writers-project/

 

Introductory Sestude

by John Simmons

About badgers, crocs, clocks,
cats and docs in strange pairings
and everywhere fairies,
giants and hairy heroes,
icy witches, just kings,
little people and mirrors
for nannies and wild things
like owls and fowls,
parrots and pirates questing
river creeks, screeching at teachers
under umbrellas shading
very bad witches
with wizards spelling
X marks the spot before yelling
Z ends the lot.

Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
26-jane
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley