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.