Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence

Mick Jackson

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Mick Jackson (image Kevin Cummins 2007)

Mick Jackson - Writer in Residence

  • September 2011 - September 2012

Whilst at the Museum, Mick explored the various stores and archives, met the Museum’s curators and ran a series of writers’ surgeries for the staff.

At the Lates event on 25 July 2012, Mick launched his free limited-edition book, My Running Hell, a short memoir about his ongoing battle to stay relatively fit.

"I wanted to write a piece about running - something I’ve done on a reasonably regular basis for most of my adult life, but to do so in a way which focused less on the spiritual benefits and more on the fundamentals, such as trying to motivate oneself in the first instance, recurring injuries and the relationship one has with one’s running partner.

"Whilst working on it I discovered a scrapbook I’d made for the ’72 Munich Olympics and through this was able to explore my hero-worship of David Bedford and, more recently, Steve Ovett. Above all else, though, I wanted to celebrate running not just with regard to the elite athletes who’ll be gracing the track and field this summer but the everyday men and women who pull on their running shoes on a wet Sunday morning and heroically step out into the mud and mire."

Read My Running Hell by Mick Jackson (PDF, 4.4MB)

Mick also wrote a short story inspired by one of the Museum's hidden nooks. Information regarding the stars was read by Mick on Radio 3s The Verb in February 2012.

"Early on in my residency I was shown around the museum's disused observatory. On one wall is a space where a clock would have hung and beneath it a sign which says 'Sidereal Time' - a phrase I'd not previously come across. The fact that there's a different time to our worldly one rather shocked me. This story is, I suppose, an exploration of that initial shock..."

Read Information regarding the stars by Mick Jackson (PDF, 2MB)

Mick is also researching several longer fiction projects.

Read Mick's posts on the Science Museum blog
or follow Mick on Twitter: @mickwriter

About the artist

Mick’s first novel, The Underground Man (Faber), was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award and won the Royal Society of Authors’ First Novel Award. He has since published two other novels, Five Boys and The Widow’s Tale, as well as two illustrated curiosities, Ten Sorry Tales and Bears of England. He has written and directed award-winning short films and TV documentaries. He is currently adapting two of his novels for film. In 2007, Aardman Animation adapted The Pearce Sisters, which won more than 20 prizes at international film festivals, including a BAFTA for Best Short Animation.

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