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Exhibition: In So Many Words

National Museum Cardiff
6 September–6 November 2022
Cost Free
Suitability All

In So Many Words: An Interactive Poetry Display

Read poems written in response to some of the paintings in our Eighteenth Century Gallery, and have a go at writing a poem of your own…

You can also listen to audio recordings of the poems below.

These poems were written by people taking part in a series of workshops delivered by poet and creative writing tutor Rachel Carney, as part of her PhD research. Find out more about how your contribution can help with this research. This research is funded by the AHRC through the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.


Inspired by...

Ceyx and Alcyone (Richard Wilson, 1768)



by Hannah Price


Chiaroscuro of Loss

by J.E.L.


Ghost Waves

by Joshua Jones


Inspired by...

A House of Cards & A Children’s Tea Party (William Hogarth, 1730)





by Valerie Ingram

Precarious Games

by Peter Gaskell

Child’s Play

by Sherrall Morris


Inspired by...

Charlotte, Lady Williams-Wynn and her Children (Joshua Reynolds, about 1778)


Foreign garb

by Alix Edwards

Second Wife

by Francesca Murphy

Dear Charlotte

by Rufus Mufasa


Inspired by...

The Bacino di San Marco, looking North (Antonio Canaletto, about 1730)


Fair Trade

by J.E.L


Indicative Mood

by Sherrall Morris


Punta la Dogana

by Alix Edwards

Welsh language poems

Listen to the 12 Welsh language poems here.

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