For this year’s festival, award-winning writers’ group 26 took its cue from the dictionary definition of breathe. This is ‘from in + spirare’. So inspiration is closely related to breath – and perhaps the simplest definition of the creative process is ‘inspiration leading to expression’.

They wrote about things that inspire them. These could be verbal, visual, musical, cultural, or sensory in any way. And each writer paired up with an artist or created their own visual response.

You can see their work here and by clicking on the images below. And you can catch an exhibition of the work at The Building Centre from Friday 14th October to mid-November.

Click on the images below to read the stories by the first batch of writers: