Noticing the unnoticed. 26 writers. 26 individual objects from The Foundling Museum’s collection. 26 poems exactly 62 words long.

The Foundling Hospital was founded in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment. It was the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery, supported by the creative generosity of artist William Hogarth and composer Handel.

The Foundling Museum selected 26 objects from their archive that reflected the many different elements of its collection. Each object was paired with a writer from 26. Together with Toni Stuart, I was given the challenge of writing an overarching poem that captured a sense of the whole enterprise.

26 is a diverse group of people who share a love of words, and believe their potential is hugely underestimated. Many of them work with words for a living, as writers, language specialists, editors, designers or publishers. Together, they hope to raise the profile and value of words not only in business, but also in everyday life.