26 Postcodes

Postcodes are utterly functional, yet naturally intriguing.

Every address in the UK has one. But their bland mix of numbers and letters can lead us to something much more than a point on a map.

To an inquisitive mind, a humble postcode is strangely alluring, a secret code. What else might it reveal to a curious traveller with pen and notebook in hand?

We thought we’d find out.

26 is a diverse group of people who share a love of words, in business and in life. We are a curious lot.

We paired 26 of our members with 26 carefully selected postcodes. Then we asked them each to visit their postcode – either literally, or in their imaginations – and return inspired to write a sestude, that’s exactly 62 words of prose or poetry.

We also asked them to tell us the story behind the sestude. How was their journey? What did they learn – perhaps about their postcode, or their writing process, or themselves?

This website gathers together the results of these creative excursions. We’re adding one new sestude each week.

What did we discover? Perhaps it is this. A good writer can find inspiration anywhere. Just pick a postcode.

Enjoy and share.

 

Oh, and big thanks to all of the writers who took part in the project. And special love to those behind the scenes who made it happen: Heather Atchison, Neil Baker, Stephen Barnaby, Rishi Dastidar, Sophie Gordon, Dan Headey, Kirsten Irving, Rachel Marshall and Meg Carter.

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
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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