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  • Northern Ireland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    of the hoard into the Ulster Museum s collection only my description wouldn t be formal and objective and rigorous but personal and lyrical and poetic And then I did this and it wasn t very good It read like a mild very mild piece of satire with the object of the satire being the official language of the 1950s that the Ulster Museum presumably deployed It seemed silly and beside the point I was meant to be responding to the beautiful Bronze Age jewellery comprising the hoard and not taking ineffectual pot shots at officialese A day or two after writing this cod index card I got up very early and left the house where I live in Fermanagh Outside it was still dark and murky and as I stumbled around the little lanes that surround us two things happened First I realised what I wanted say in a short lyric and then the words that actually expressed what I wanted to say came to me When I got home breathless and slightly sweaty I got a piece of paper and my fountain pen and I wrote down the words that had coalesced in my thoughts while I d been out an experience incidentally that I ve often had going out immediately on waking and hurrying around the lanes I have frequently had this experience of the words to say what I need to say just coming as if by magic Later I typed up the version I d written by hand then on the screen I made a few adjustments for rhythmical reasons each sentence had to have four stresses and my first draft wasn t entirely consistent Making these adjustments required me to move the odd word around but it didn t take long and then the

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  • Northern Ireland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    to study the museum experience Visitors by and large do not study exhibits and displays with awestruck wonder or feel humbled in the presence of immemorial artefacts On the contrary they tend to adopt a playful attitude to what s on show Treasures trigger jokes and stories rather than respectful silence and reverential contemplation Ribald or irreverent remarks about suggestive objects are not uncommon Aesthetes admittedly may be dismayed by such philistinism The curatorial cabal is never less than appalled But for the average visitor museum going is a day out and a carnivalesque posture often prevails I tried to reflect this outlook in my response to the stone club Many visitors on encountering this blunt basalt instrument are liable to comment on its contemporary utility for recreational rioters in emergency break glass or suggest much more obscene uses than I articulated I seriously considered including An Iron Age coprolite and Takabuti s secret sex toy in the inventory of interrogatives On reflection however I decided to spare readers blushes I chickened out in other words Stephen Brown s verbal response to the Stone Club What have we here Fred Flintstone s hurley Barney Rubble s baseball bat Finn McCool

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  • Northern Ireland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    exactly how and why they were inspired at the exhibition in The Belfast Room from 14th October Prisoner of Love Paul Muldoon Frank 26 TREASURES Frank is extremely proud to be part of 26 Treasures launching later today at the Ulster Museum and running until the 29th Our brief was to create a response to the figurine piece Prisoner of Love The piece reflects huge amounts of skill and craftsmanship by the Belleek potters It is reported that only three or four of the original pieces were ever manufactured due to the complexity and work involved in the slip casting process The loss of this craftsmanship was at the forefront of Frank s complimentary piece to Paul Muldoon s writing Our process To achieve this our crack team of developers wrote a bespoke piece of software The program analyses images and mathematically and logically degrades them over time Each pixel is analysed and compressed before being rendered as a GIF with a suitable colour palette In total the process took approximately 380 hours of processing time split across 4 cores The mathematical degradation and systemic destruction of information is something which presents a very real threat to our digital lifestyles

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  • Northern Ireland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    the greatest writers musicians and artists to have committed thoughts to air and paper have come from good old Norn Iron I wonder why often Could it be down to the collective argumentative streak read belligerent or the non verbalised insecurity complex we re in denial might it have something to do with the identity crisis too many to list here but the truth is we do like to undo people s prejudgements Quite often by being wittier smarter more articulate than people expect us to Whatever psychology lurks beneath it doesn t extend to a national level Northern Ireland is full of creative talent Designers writers artists poets illustrators photographers composers all doing wonderfully evocative and provocative work Can t we put this on the agenda for discussion Just a thought but wouldn t a regional identity based on creativity help our economic situation We can t keep apologising to the rest of the world for our internal struggles so perhaps it s time to change the topic of conversation 26 Treasures at the Ulster Museum is a starting point one way to reconnect words and images with vestiges of people and places from our past Writers randomly paired with artists randomly paired with our most beloved treasures each pair exploring new ways to retell their secrets centuries later And on 23rd June 52 of our most cherished creative talents came together at the Ulster Museum to discover their object and their partner Lucy Caldwell one of our 26 writers and award winning author and playwright is already excited about her treasure the Clonmore Shrine The Ulster Museum is full of such wonderful treasures those I remember from my childhood instantly dramatic such as the dinosaur and the mummy and many more which are no less evocative Between them

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  • Northern Ireland. Funny place. Even funnier people. | www.26treasures.com
    us to Whatever psychology lurks beneath it doesn t extend to a national level Northern Ireland is full of creative talent Designers writers artists poets illustrators photographers composers all doing wonderfully evocative and provocative work Can t we put this on the agenda for discussion Just a thought but wouldn t a regional identity based on creativity help our economic situation We can t keep apologising to the rest of the world for our internal struggles so perhaps it s time to change the topic of conversation 26 Treasures at the Ulster Museum is a starting point one way to reconnect words and images with vestiges of people and places from our past Writers randomly paired with artists randomly paired with our most beloved treasures each pair exploring new ways to retell their secrets centuries later And on 23rd June 52 of our most cherished creative talents came together at the Ulster Museum to discover their object and their partner Lucy Caldwell one of our 26 writers and award winning author and playwright is already excited about her treasure the Clonmore Shrine The Ulster Museum is full of such wonderful treasures those I remember from my childhood instantly dramatic such as the dinosaur and the mummy and many more which are no less evocative Between them they ve seen centuries millennia of life death strife freedom secrets hope certainty fear doubt yearning love Walking around the Ulster Museum you can t help but think if only each object could tell just one of its stories one of the times it s lived through or lives it s seen So when I was asked to take part in this project alongside some of our best poets and writers I was immediately inspired by the thought of teasing one of its myriad

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    sestudes a new literary form that challenges writers not to waste a word We hope these words make you pause think and take a closer look The results of our 26 Treasures project here in Wales were first seen at the National Eisteddfod Don t miss this unique opportunity to work with poets writers and novelists from the 26 Treasures project We re looking for 26 people to pair up

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    first ever collection of sestudes a new literary form that challenges writers not to waste a word We hope these words make you pause think and take a closer look The results of our 26 Treasures project here in Wales were first seen at the National Eisteddfod A museum is a treasure chest not just of objects but of stories At this closing event for the 26 Treasures project four

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    sestudes a new literary form that challenges writers not to waste a word We hope these words make you pause think and take a closer look The results of our 26 Treasures project here in Wales were first seen at the National Eisteddfod One Sunday every month the museum goes LARGE with family fun On 22nd January this is being taken over by 26 Treasures There will be a number

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