Riddle 57 Submissions open

Double Elephant Print Workshop are launching a lockdown project that brings together poets, historians, animators and printmakers to turn a 1000 year old riddle into an interactive animation and we’re asking the public to be part of this. 

Riddle 57 is one of nearly 100 from the Exeter Book, a tenth-century anthology of poetry in Exeter Cathedral’s library, recognised by UNESCO as one of the world’s principal cultural artefacts. 

The riddle can be interpreted many ways and we’ve collaborated with poet Jacob Polley and medievalists Prof Chris Jones and Dr Megan Cavell to explore a creative relationship with the text rather than simply seeking solutions. 

Jacob has written some Picture Me prompts to elicit images from the text. Use any of the prompts to draw / paint / print a picture and email us your image(s) by the 28th June – its your last chance to get involved! We welcome submissions from all everyone. 

Find out more on the project page https://www.doubleelephant.org.uk/riddle-57 

Your work will form part of the animated riddle to be “played” online from August 2020 as part of the Exeter UNESCO City of Literature public programme. 

“We’re interested in how the language and imagery from 1000 year old riddle can resonate today and inspire for new work. This has been a really positive project for us to focus on in isolation. It’s been a strange process collaboratively pulling it together online across the UK, Canada and Lithuania.” 

Emma Molony, Project Manager