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Last month we blogged about the Text Message Museum project being led by Lisa Roberts from Blink. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the poems written by Yr7 students from Bruntcliffe School in Morley who visited Kirkstall Abbey.

The Warming Room
Three other monks
Crowd round the fire
They were getting warm
My fifteen minutes were up
Reece Jameson

Prison
I am preparing the cell
For a bad monk
Who must have been greedy
Or stolen something precious
Morgan Halliday

I only eat once a day
And I sometimes dream of eating what I want
I am being called by the boss
To come and help with the choir
Tia

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Leeds Museums and Galleries are working with young people across the city to create text message signage for collections and exhibitions.  Young people have been working alongside poets from The Poetry Business  looking at artefacts and responding to them in text message poetry.

Mobile technology company, Blink, are leading the project which has so far included poetry workshops at Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall Abbey and Leeds City Art Gallery. Participants have included members of  Sessions At The Gallery and pupils from Bruntcliffe High School in Morley.

The project will be launched in February when the text poems can be requested by visitors and sent directly to mobile phone. Visitors to the venues can contribute their own poems, by text, to add to the growing archive.

By supporting user generated content the project aims to create a space for young people and families to interpret exhibitions in a new and engaging way. 

More venues will be added to the text message museum map during 2010 and a website will showcase the poems online.

For more information contact lisa@blinkmedia.org

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.