We were out on Friday night. At the Ulster Museum, for the opening night of the Northern Irish chapter (pardon the writing pun) of this year's 26 Treasures. You might just remember me talking about it here.
It's been a pleasure, privilage and challenge to be involved. The miscellany of responses is pretty amazing; an incredibly diverse collection of personal reactions to an equally mixed bundle of artifacts. I can't show you them because I was too busy gasing to take any photos worth sharing, but if you're around town you should take a look in the Museum's Belfast Room before 29th October.
The whole exercise was a lesson in how very interesting the seemingly not so interesting really is when you scratch away at it. And with a top notch cast of both writers and visualists, the words and pictures (and objects and constructions) are ingenious, intriguing, sometimes beautiful, occasionally funny and, from time to time, perplexing.
It was great to see John Simmons and Rob Self-Pierson from 26 over here to support our bit of the national project. And Gillian did a superb job at organising the whole thing; she deserves a bucket full of credit.