Sunday, 6 January 2013

Do You Remember Chopper Bikes?

Last year I was one of twenty-six writers – including former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen – who were invited to write a poem for the Modern British Childhood exhibition at the V&A's Museum of Childhood in London.

We were each assigned a different childhood object and had to write a poem about it (a 'sestude') in exactly sixty-two words. An anthology of the poems (right) is now available in bookshops. You can see a slideshow of pictures of some of the objects in the exhibition in the Guardian here.

And here's a short film about the project by Faye Sharpe, Gillian Colhoun and Sarah Farley, featuring three of the poems written for the exhibition.

The Modern British Childhood exhibition runs until 14th April and it's free.


Jon said...

An excellent concept - love it! Jx

PS I had a Tomahawk, as my father was a cheapskate...

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Jon. I just remember that mine was yellow.