Manchester Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Imperial War Museum North, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, St. Helen’s Glass Museum and the Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent are among the Northern museums featured in the stories selected for the writing competition Inspired by.

The competition was launched at the MA conference in Nov 2013 offering the opportunity to selected writers to be included in an international publication. Budding writers were asked to record and share their personal reactions, connections or experiences inspired by a visit to a museum.

Entries could be in the form of a poem, short story or reportage and people were able to take their inspiration from the museum space, architecture, design, a specific object or objects within the museum, or even the museum/exhibition curator.

Sampad and British Council India are now delighted to announce the list of the entries that have been selected for publication. The winners will be announced shortly.

*UNITED KINGDOM authors and venues

Robert Awork
My daughter and the Museum: Liverpool Museum

Skye Bayley
Trapped: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent

Anna Berg
The Teacher Smiled: Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Terry Caffrey
Glass I: St. Helen’s Glass Museum, Merseyside
Nija Dalal
Lost; Manchester Museum, Manchester

Rani Drew
Heritage: Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge

Rosie Garland
Sir Thomas Aston at the Deathbed of his Wife:
Manchester Museum, Manchester

Philip Howard
Pauline in the Yellow Dress, Sir James Gunn, 1944:
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire

Brian Fra Kirkham
Another Earth: Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Safoora Masood
Backbone of the Town: Bankfield Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Naeem Mirza
Discovery Road: Eureka! National Children’s Museum,
Halifax, West Yorkshire

Zahid Mirza
Open Spaces: Cartwright Hall, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Karen Naylor
Cobra: Wakefield Museum, West Yorkshire

Kauser Parveen
The Theme of Life: Cartwright Hall, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Lynn Pegler
Chance Encounter with a Flying Suit:
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Amanda Quinn
Samson: Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

Joyce Reed
Poetry Reading at the Museum: Manchester Museum

Rebecca Audra Smith
Sea Dirge; The Manchester Museum, Coral Exhibition