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  • Writer's pictureBen Westwood

Honoured to be part of the Foundling Museum's Quentin Blake Exhibition - 25th June to 26th September

I was well chuffed to be asked by the Foundling Museum if I was up for writing a poem for a Quentin Blake drawing as part of an upcoming exhibition called 'Gifted'. If you've not heard of the Foundling Museum, once known as the Foundling hospital, it has quite an interesting history which has it's roots set in caring for children at risk of abandonment. You can read more about the history of the foundling museum by clicking here.

A fellow of the museum, Quentin Blake has gifted the museum 24 of his large-scale drawings. The works form two emotive series, Children and Dogs, and Children, Birds & Dogs, the latter made especially for the Foundling Museum, which convey the internal emotional landscape of childhood. Along with long-time Foundling Museum collaborator Michael Rosen and writers Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite, Jackie Kay, Yomi Sode, 4 Brown Girls Who Write (Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sunnah Khan and Sheena Patel) - I'll be setting words to one of Quentin Blake's images in the form of a poem titled 'The Giant Magic Tree' which will be displayed alongside one of the images. I know some of you would love to hear the poem but as this is a commissioned piece, you'll have to come and see it and immerse in it at the exhibition in London. So if you're passing through then why not make your way to Brunswick Square.

To book tickets and find out more about the exhibition visit

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