With fellow wordsmiths, Nikki Cameron and Shehrazade Garcia Rangel, I was Writer in Residence at the Hunterian Museums in Glasgow, Scotland, from 2012 to 2014.
The residency had two aims, the first of which was to discover the “hidden collections” of the archives, or the Hunterian’s un-exhibited artifacts. Each writer researched an object from a storage unit closed to the general public. I chose to write about a beautiful but disabled threshold, a Maori doorframe from Hokianga, now resident on Thurso street.
The second aim of the residency was to engage the larger public with the Hunterian collections. To this end we organized creative writing workshops for mental health patients, prison inmates, landscape study groups, University of Glasgow staff and students, Aye Write! Book Festival participants, and edited a little book consecutively. “Miscellaneous: Writing Inspired by the Hunterian Museum,”* brings together poetry, short stories, micro fiction and creative non fiction inspired by this special dwelling.
* You can find out more about “Miscellaneous” under “Edited Books.”