Details of events and workshops we are currently involved in are listed below:

Taking note - poetry in moments


Emergency Poet Deborah Alma
Emergency Poet Deborah Alma

How can poets and poetry touch the lives of this huge and diverse community?

What might poets and poetry prompt people to notice and share?  

Join us on Thursday 28th September in Addenbrooke’s Hospital to find out.

Taking Note is all about curiosity and generosity. What moments of happiness can we notice and how can we share these with others? In the first year of our project we invited people to share stories at our pop-up events held around the hospital. These were curated into two exhibitions held in the hospital and around Cambridge and through our online networks throughout the year. Now in this second year of the project we have invited poets to work with us to continue exploring these themes of noticing and sharing. Poetry in moments will be launched at the hospital as part of National Poetry Day on Thursday 28th September.

Poets and poetry can be encountered in many playful ways across the site. Emergency poet Deborah Alma, a National Poetry Day Ambassador and her poet partners Sue Spencer and James Sheard, will be offering consultations from the world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service – their 1970s original ambulance. There will also be readings and other surprising ways to encounter poems offered throughout the day. Details will be shared here in September.

Jo Shapcott, winner of Costa Book of the Year in 2011 for her collection Of Mutability, will also be responding to the project and stories collected to date and writing new poetry in response. Whilst three brilliant young Cambridge based poets – Kaddy Benyon, Eve Lacey and Rebecca Watts - will be engaging directly with different aspects of the hospital and people connected with it over the autumn. Updates on the project can be found here.

The project will conclude with a reading by all the poets involved in early December and a new publication. The date is to be confirmed but please email us here if you’d like to be updated.

There are plans for poetry competitions and for lots of different ways for staff, patients and visitors to get involved with writing, reading and sharing poetry. If you would like to be involved or would like poets to come to your ward or clinic or would just like more information, please contact

Kaddy Benyon

Kaddy Benyon’s first collection Milk Fever won the Crashaw Prize and was published by Salt in 2012.  She is currently editing her second collection, written during a residency at The Polar Museum in Cambridge.  Kaddy is a Granta New Poet and has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes.

Eve Lacey

Eve Lacey works in a library in Cambridge. She is the editor of Furies, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry (For Books’ Sake, 2014) and The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea (2016). Her writing is published by The Emma Press, The Next Review, SALT magazine, and Edinburgh University Press.

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Rebecca Watts

Rebecca Watts’s debut poetry collection, The Met Office Advises Caution, was published by Carcanet in 2016. A Poetry Book Society Recommendation, it featured in the Guardian and Financial Times ‘Best Books of 2016’ lists and was also shortlisted for the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. Rebecca lives in Cambridge, where she works in a library and as a freelance editor. Her website is

An everlasting tea party


/free creative workshops for families

/all ages welcome and no experience necessary

/workshops 10 – 11am, 11.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30 – 2.30pm & 3 - 4pm

/more information at


/refreshments provided

/Saturday 9th September, University Primary School, Eddington, Cambridge CB3 1SE

/further information from

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination has been ArtScaping this year with over 200 children from Mayfield, Girton and the University Primary School. Artist Susanne Jasilek has worked alongside classes exploring the NW Cambridge Development (now known as Eddington) in creative ways. Time has been spent investigating spaces, shaping future communities and entities to inhabit them, building new tea houses and playing with ideas about time.

Open Eddington is an opportunity for everyone to visit this new development. You can visit the tea house designed by artists Winter and Hörbelt (pictured here) on the lake that the children re-imagined. The four free hands on workshops led by Susanne take place in the new primary school for the area and will invite you to play together and shape new entities and communities for our everlasting tea party. Workshops are 10 – 11am, 11.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30 – 2.30pm & 3 - 4pm.  Booking for the workshops is advisable as places are limited. Or drop in to see the exhibition of children’s work from the past two years at any time between 9am and 5pm.

Being an ArtScaper means to look at something and make your own ideas. Then, just think of the idea you thought of before and mix it up so you can make something even bigger and newer. Then just design it…. then just find stuff that might be used in the future and use that to help you build it. Jared, 8, Mayfield Primary School.

Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hörbelt’s Fata Morgana Teahouse

You Are Where?


Large tree

Join us to explore true stories and wild flights of imagination in the beautiful gardens of Emmanuel College. We will meet under the Caucasian Wingnut tree and explore out from there before ending our time together under the amazing Great Oriental Plane in the Fellows’ Garden (a space not normally open to the public). The beginnings of a fantastical map of the gardens will be created from words, drawings and small 3D constructions gathered during the workshops. This outdoor gallery of work will be shared with other visitors during the day.

Our workshops offer time to explore and imagine, notice and daydream. They are for people of any age and are inspired by children’s ideas from our Fantastical Cambridgeshire projects.

09:30am to 11:00am and 11:30am to 13:00pm on 28th October 2017

The Paddock, the Fellows’ Garden, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AP (map)

Tickets must be booked in advance

Festival of Ideas LogoCost £5 per group – this includes a copy of CCI’s Fantastical Guide for the wildly curious: Ways into Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Groups can be made up of up to 4 people of any age.

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Fantastical Cambridgeshire Exhibition


Ariel view of beatle by Maciek Platek
Image by: photographer and film-maker Maciek Platek

A celebration of real and imaginary discoveries by people of all ages.

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination’s arts and well-being exhibition shares fantastical maps created by communities in St Neots, alongside images and work made in response to the North West Cambridge Development and the new museum at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Take away games.

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination’s projects invite communities on creative adventures to discover spaces and ideas on their doorsteps. This exhibition shares for the first time the three new fantastical maps created by communities in St Neots, alongside images and work made in response to the North West Cambridge Development and the new museum at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

A collection of games and invitations inspired by children’s adventuring will also be available to take away for exploring this year’s Festival of Ideas.

CCI is an arts and well-being charity. We are a group of artists, educators, parents and researchers with a shared passion for how the arts can transform lives. Our projects actively engage with people of all ages and from all walks of life to open up spaces where creativity can flourish.

Every one of its projects makes me see things strangely again, tips a little more wonder back into the world.
Robert Macfarlane, CCI Patron

Festival of Ideas Logo08:00am to 17:00pm 16th-28th October 2017 (Monday – Saturday, Closed Sundays)

Michaelhouse Café, St Michaels Church, Trinity St, Cambridge, CB2 1SU (map)

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Animating the archives: an exhibition


Animating the archives exhibition

The second exhibition of work from our project Animating the archives will be in the Treatment Centre Corridor in Addenbrooke's Hospital from 21st September. It will feature work from our projects  with two groups supported by the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire – young carers in the county and people living with dementia and their carers. Read more about the projects here.

Our first exhibition featured a small selection of work and images from the two creative projects with 7 – 9 year old children from Queen Edith’s Primary School and St Philips Primary School, Cambridge. The children were responding to objects and stories in hospital's new museum in the spirit of fun and curiosity but also with great tenderness. The work displayed included their imagined insects with special healing powers, bed sheets with words that could comfort them, and uplifting poems for staff and patients to find in their pockets.

This project is part of the Hospital's 250th birthday celebrations. In the main corridor of the hospital, the new museum houses a collection of just some of the extraordinary objects and stories stored in the archive.  Animating Addenbrooke's is connecting with people of all ages during 2016/17 to animate the museum, inviting different groups to play creatively with ideas and provocations inspired by the collection.  

Dylan (a real dog) with Dogtor the drawn dog

Nurses at Addenbrooke's Hospital looking at the exhibition

Looking in the glass cabinet


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