London Word Festival: A Hundred Days To Make Me A Better Person

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 95 months ago
London Word Festival: A Hundred Days To Make Me A Better Person
100 days of playing with Lego by Daniel Weir
100 days of playing with Lego by Daniel Weir
One Hundred Tiny Moments by Edward Ross
One Hundred Tiny Moments by Edward Ross
A love story in 100 pictures by David O'Connell
A love story in 100 pictures by David O'Connell
Sellotape snails by former Londonist contributor, Mark Merifield
Sellotape snails by former Londonist contributor, Mark Merifield
100 objects drawn on index cards - someone please tell us who did this labour of observant love
100 objects drawn on index cards - someone please tell us who did this labour of observant love
100 smiles snapped and turned into a beautiful LP cover by Dominic McKenna
100 smiles snapped and turned into a beautiful LP cover by Dominic McKenna
Learning 100 new words
Learning 100 new words

It was such a simple idea. The London Word Festival commissioned Josie Long and some of her mates to run a project that involved committing to do one thing, every day for a hundred days in the name of self improvement and original material for a show at the festival. From the off it captured people's imaginations, bringing inspiration to darkest December and offering a way to make it to spring with more of a spring in your step.

Last night showcased everybody's amazing efforts at a laid back, funny and moving event. The back of Dalston's Work warehouse space was given over to the Museum of a Hundred Days with the most artistic, visual and beautifully presented projects becoming hugely engaging artefacts and extracts and snippets of many other projects adorning the walls. The place was absolutely packed with hundred dayers and the usual, pretty sexy bunch of word fans admiring everything.Josie, Issy Suttie and Sara Pascoe's 'sets' were delicious insights into their personal endeavours. Sara's epistolary efforts stick most in the mind as she tackled writing a letter every day, to everyone from ex-boyfriends to Nigerian fraudsters, best friends and total strangers. Half the joy of writing letters, after all, is what you get or don't get in reply. We're very tempted to try it. We'd mention Alex Horne's wonderful hundred days film of baby Thomas but we might well up again at the cuteness. Seriously.One might argue that daily creative output doesn't a better person make - and plenty of others applied themselves to undocumented acts of kindness, structured learning, abstention or physical exercise - but the discipline, thought, observation and application involved in all the projects was evident in buckets last night for those that lasted the course and we salute you all.There's so much more to share but you can find out more at the Hundred Days website which was itself a hundred day labour of love, updated by the lovely Word Festival folks, and dig into the Twitter hastag #100days. There were so many brilliant project, blogs, photographs, creations, tweets and ideas we found it quite overwhelmingly amazing to follow.The London Word Festival runs until 1 April at various venues with an improbably brilliant programme. Be part of it.

Last Updated 11 March 2010

Tammy Hanna

The very talented person who drew the objects on index cards was Kellee Rich. Her project blog is at www.theyellowlamp.blogspot.com, her project was one of my favourites.

Tammy Hanna (a 100 Days participant)