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  • 26 Treasures launched in Wales - with readings in both languages | www.26treasures.com
    to share it and allow it to inspire anew In this case it has inspired new works of literature new creative translations and has in turn added a website and a book to the Library s collections which may in turn inspire others in years to come Arwel Jones Director of Public Services National Library of Wales Small things in a museum can be easily overlooked A poem can help people look more closely and see it in a new way Likewise a treasure can spark a poet s imagination Gillian Clarke National Poet of Wales As the great Australian poet Les Murray has said We are a language species and translation is perhaps the definitive human activity This project brings very much alive the fact that creativity is what we gain in translation translating images translating words Sioned Puw Rowlands Director of Wales Literature Exchange And here are two of John Simmons blogs about the book and the launch http www 26fruits co uk blog blogberry crossing cultures http www foyles co uk Public Biblio Detail aspx blogId 1110 The book priced from 10 for an electronic copy 18 for hardback was published thanks to crowd funding through www unbound co uk and will be sent to subscribers this month The second edition will be distributed by Faber to shops in September and available to order online It s still possible to buy the book through the website visit www unbound co uk books 26 treasures MORE ABOUT THE WALES COLLECTION The Wales project was organised by 26 in collaboration with National Library of Wales and Tŷ Newydd Writers Centre Writers were paired at random with the objects from a film of Lloyd George meeting Hitler to a self portrait by Shani Rhys James and given six weeks to come up with their response The pieces of writing were displayed at last year s National Eisteddfod as part of the Translators House Wales Translation Challenge organised by Wales Literature Exchange and Tŷ Newydd The Bardic Staff was awarded to Hywel Meilyr Griffiths for his translation of Lin Sagovsky s Old Bank Notes It was a real feat of translation because Lin s original piece inspired by her randomly assigned object Welsh banknotes from the 19th century draws on the language of advertising slogans About Tŷ Newydd part of Literature Wales www tynewydd org www literaturewales org Tŷ Newydd is the National Writers Centre for Wales and since 1990 has attracted writers from all over the world both as tutors and course participants One of the loveliest and most historic houses around the Snowdonia National Park Tŷ Newydd is set in exquisite wooded surroundings looking out over Cardigan Bay between the shapely hills of Eifionydd and the sea and with the mountains of Wales ranged round the horizon There are courses for poets novelists script and screenwriters playwrights and many other genres If you are inexperienced there are Starting to Write courses and a variety of courses for more experienced

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  • The Treasures of Wales | www.26treasures.com
    staff was awarded to the winner You can see all the 26 sestudes along with their translations in the Treasures section and you can read some of the stories behind the finished pieces in the Creation Stories section Aeth cenaduron y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol ati i ddewis 26 gwrthrych er mwyn adlewyrchu amrywiaeth eu casgliadau o recordiadau sain i fapiau o lyfrau canoloesol i ffilmiau ac o albymau lluniau i bamffledi hanesyddol Bu r awduron maes o law yn ysgrifennu union 62 gair o ymateb i un o r gwrthrychau gyda u hanner yn ysgrifennu yn y Gymraeg a r hanner arall yn y Saesneg Cyfieithwyd y darnau i r Gymraeg ac i r Saesneg ac fe i cyflwynwyd i r Her Gyfeithu fel rhan o r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn Wrecsam Gwobrwywyd yr enillydd gyda Ffon Farddol Gallwch weld pob un o r sestudes yn ogystal â r cyfieithiadau yn yr adran Treasures a gallwch ddarllen rhai o r straeon sy n gefndir i r gwaith gorffenedig yn adran y Creation Stories Post new comment Your name E mail The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly Homepage Subject Comment Input format Filtered HTML Web

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  • Scotland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    Instrument of Authority in the National Museum of Scotland records the storage of the Scottish Crown Jewels They were lost for a century kept in a chest until the great Romantic novelist Walter Scott set out to find them But so what What difference did their real presence make A book I read recently brought the answer home Edmund de Waal s The Hare with the Amber Eyes is about collecting gathering beautiful objects together furniture netsukes paintings buildings and arranging them in one place Collecting can be seen as mere ownership an expression of wealth and power Private collectors can be seen as ruthless buyers museums as narratives that subjugate the meaning of their exhibits to their own But in fact as de Waal reminds us collecting is about touch It s the feel of bone china under your finger the exquisite flaw in a varnished surface the fineness of a carved figure in a tiny piece of wood 26 Treasures isn t about objects in glass cases so much as the people who used them That gown rubbed a real woman s shoulders real hands forged those drag chains real bums polished that chair that mask lay hot

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  • Scotland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    most patriotically There s been so much talk of independence devolution and Union this year that they were in my thoughts when I first saw my 26 Treasures teapot Slightly puzzled as to why the teapot had been chosen I noticed its date 1738 Other dates began to surface in my thoughts most forcefully 1707 the Act of Union and 1745 the Jacobite Rising If my teapot was ever used at a tea party in 1738 it probably heard much talk about Union independence England and Scotland We re still having the same conversation three centuries later Since there s only so much navel gazing and politics a teapot should be forced to sit through I wrote about this in my 62 words for 26 Treaures What excites me about the redesigned National Museum of Scotland is its sense of Scotland going ambitiously out into the world It s both intellectually and emotionally exhilarating Most people now feel some embarrassment about Britain s imperial past but it s a stirring aspect of many Scots histories My grandfather was part of it When he died he left stamp albums filled with stamps from dozens of countries places where he had worked or visited en route to different postings or had friends For my brothers and me growing up in England our Scottish grandparents and their ancestors were the exciting relatives the explorers Our English relatives seemed parochial by comparison I worry that had my Scottish grandfather been in his teens today a century later his side of the family would probably be the parochial ones A while back I asked someone at a party where he lived He said I ve been a real nomad I grew up in Edinburgh moved to Glasgow and now I stay in Livingston I thought

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/scotland/blog/516 (2016-02-12)
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  • Scotland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    behaviour even within the confines of a peculiar provincial school To be honest he had little real practical ability as a teacher He was an oddity who would not have survived professionally elsewhere a man whom we horrible teenagers completely failed to cherish and collectively did our best to torment We subjected him to constant mush bombs disgusting balls of masticated paper and ink and percussion caps pursued him with hoots and shrieks and interpreted his consequent eruptions as signs of insanity or his efforts at humour as weakness With the cruel confidence of youth it never occurred to us that he might be differently wired rather than just aberrant Nor did we take into account any cumulative effect of his inherent strangeness and his conscription 30 years earlier into active military service When his breath smelt sweet as it usually did we sneered and winked at what we assumed was self indulgent alcoholism More and more arsenals were prepared for a man who could not fight back I have no doubt we made Kelly s latter years hell And my sense of guilt for whatever part I played in that has increased the older I ve grown and the more I ve recognised my own frailties and shortcomings A bombshell came recently when I learned that one of his most absurd gestures finger flapping could be interpreted very differently Kelly was the first person I ever heard mention Napier s Bones and the moment I learned that this artefact had been assigned to me for 26 Treasures thoughts of him came flooding back I wrote the following 62 word poem part confession part tribute part warning soon afterwards I subsequently rejected it as too remote from the object itself to stand alone However I still feel I owe Charles

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/scotland/blog/514 (2016-02-12)
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  • Scotland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    in Northern France before he was killed in the last days of the First World War It was an art project funded by the French but by the British artist Simon Patterson and says something I think about the poetics of space My object Mary Barbour s Rent Strike Rattle and the house are both early 20th century and working on both at once had a knock on effect on

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/scotland/blog/510 (2016-02-12)
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  • Scotland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    what they were made because we cannot ask those questions directly That s over now Everything we do and say think or feel is readily recorded for all eternity via blogs Facebook Twitter digital video digital photos and the rest We will not we cannot be the remote figures to our successors that our ancestors are to us This blog can achieve an immortality not granted its author or if you ll forgive me its readers The laptop on which I type it won t gain the status of Venerated Object even though it is made by Apple because what matters if anything is the content and that will be preserved via this website for all time whatever its value And I can record right now a video message for my great great great grandchildren in the full confidence that they will be able to access it should they wish to assuming of course that they come to exist and that the planet endures They won t have to speculate or deduce how I live that what I wear or how I spend my time by perusal of objects I leave or they find I can tell them directly I can show them by turning the web cam around and taking them on a virtual tour of my house It won t be long before we can create an interactive hologram of ourselves an ibod perhaps incorporating all the thoughts and activities we ve consigned to the blogosphere to Facebook or to Twitter We ll be able to project it electronically at a distance much as we now undertake video chats via Skype to Australia permitting electronic versions of ourselves to engage in conversations while we are asleep And when we can do that the holograms can outlive us and

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  • Scotland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    like to have to work at understanding It ll put them off I was told So I kept the rhythms right and the grammar as I knew it but made sure the Scots words I used were understandable from the context It won t be commercial Too bad I decided The process of writing the musings of my heart is something I have to do It ll help my writing mature if nothing else And then 26Treasures came along and they wanted me to write in Scots My 62 words my blog then quite carried away by this time I offered a 26 minute performance of a prose poem in braid Scots with accompanying jazz improvisation by Richard Ingham saxophonist exra ordinaire This was for the opening event on 3 rd December I ve just finished Treisur Writing it in rumbustuous Scots nae limits was a creative explosion There s a point of view writers shouldn t use auld farrant words not in common usage But my English language dictionary and Roget s Thesaurus are never far away when I write so why should I avoid my Scots ones Surely it depends on the purpose of the writing I wanted

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/scotland/blog/500 (2016-02-12)
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