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When our new creative director started last year, she implemented a creative sharing programme, a little like TED I guess, which encourages members of her team to stand up and talk about something they’re passionate about.

This week was my turn and instead of talking, I wrote a series of short short stories and put them up on a wall in my favourite alley near work.

I have huge fears about sharing my work and thought I was going to puke for a whole week beforehand. But to my surprise, people seemed genuinely moved by these little stories. And what was even nicer than the random Japanese tourist who stumbled across us, helped herself to a beer, took photos and joined in, was how many people were gathered silently, just reading (the above photo is about half our little agency). My favourite comment came from an account manager who walked up to me afterwards and exclaimed nothing but, “Vic! Your brain!”.

Anyone in London, I left the stories up on the wall and if the rain hasn’t got to them, then they’re probably still there. If you’re anywhere near the Tate Modern or Borough Market this weekend, head over to Rose Alley and take a look.

23 Comments Post a comment
  1. Alicia #

    Great idea! Wish I could go there to read them too.

    April 25, 2009
  2. This is such a lovely idea! I love the Japanese tourist joining in! :)I wish I lived in London and I could go hunt them out – Well done! :)

    April 25, 2009
  3. Being a Belgian based lad, is there any chance you could post your stories online?

    April 25, 2009
  4. vic #

    Oh Hanney, I feel weird about them going online. I am contemplating self-publishing them into some kind of book though. Do you think anyone would buy it??

    April 25, 2009
  5. JOY #

    You (and your brain!) are SO amazing. Well done on all that work and not puking!

    April 25, 2009
  6. Vy #

    Oh wow I wish I could see this.
    But I’m all the way in Melbourne, Australia…
    Do you think you could share one (or a few) with us? :)

    April 25, 2009
  7. pia #

    you never cease to amaze me vic, i am so so SO happy to hear about this project, congratulations!! and i echo the account manager’s exclamation – in fact, haven’t I said that exact exclamation before?! i can’t WAIT for your first book of short stories.


    PS I wish I could see it too. Yes, sharing would be great as mentioned by VY above, but I find stories more intimate and would prefer to wait for them to be in a book rather than written in a post.

    PPS oh i just read your comment above! Yes yes, that’s what I think too. I WILL BUY YOUR BOOK!

    April 26, 2009
  8. Where do I send me moneys!

    April 26, 2009
  9. oh what a wonderful idea this is. Maybe you should put them on a book so that we can read them wherever we are 😉

    April 28, 2009
  10. Alicia #

    Do it, Vic! A book of short stories and another one of your photos! (or combined)

    April 28, 2009
  11. cyndy #

    Yes Vic, just do it! If you need dollars for publishing – ask your folks to help : )

    April 28, 2009
  12. Nhi #

    I’d buy it. ps toally admire your courage!

    April 30, 2009
  13. oh oh oh !!!!! why aren’t i there to read them in alley-way person!!!!!!!! how fantastic, how marvelously lovely. you are a delight on this globe of ours. xxxxx miss you.

    May 2, 2009
  14. vic #


    May 2, 2009
  15. vic #

    Stay tuned everyone. There’s a chance you’re going to be able to see these men sooner than I thought. If you’re in LA, Osaka, New York, Melbourne or Amsterdam, hold tight!

    May 4, 2009
  16. that is so awesome. amazing!!! keep us posted!!!! :)

    May 4, 2009
  17. Ian #

    About half of them are still there!

    May 14, 2009
  18. I wonder if some passers by took them home with them.

    June 12, 2009
  19. vic #

    I love the idea of someone liking them enough to take one home. It’s like I’ve let 20 of my children out into the world and some have been adopted!

    June 14, 2009
  20. Intriguing. So what happened? Book? posted?

    May 3, 2010
  21. Leilani #

    Book!! What happened to it? I’d adopt one. Loved the photos of fishmongers that led me here, by the way.

    May 3, 2010

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