Throwaway Lines – or – How to turn litter into litterature

Look down! Comb the streets! There be unburied treasure. Leavings, losings, fallings from pockets. A painted sign. A scrap of paper, scrawled on, grimy – and beckoning. What does it say? What does it really say?

26 Throwaway Lines started life as a heap of litter in a gleaner’s den. Willing members of 26 were randomly paired with discarded dockets, missing memos, and rain-stained notes. Editors Andy Hayes (gleaner-leader of the project), John Simmons and Elise Valmorbida led the journey from litter to, er, litterature. (Did Elise coin a new litterary term here?) Then the stories, along with their scraps, took on an exciting new 3D form, thanks to the talents of design agency Alphabetical.

  • The 26 Throwaway Lines exhibition at the Free Word Centre ran from 29th October until 26th November, 2012.
  • The stories are online at https://26project.org.uk/throwawaylines/.
  • The project was so irresistible that more and more iterations followed…

 

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