Six Word Stories
3 July 2010

To coincide with the Kensal Green Cemetery Open Day, writer Bethan Ellis devised a word-based activity for Intervention Gallery inspired by the stories behind the cemetery's headstones.

In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway bet ten dollars that he could write a complete story in just six words. He wrote:

"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."

He won the bet.

Kensal Green Cemetery is full of stories: tightrope-walkers, adventurers, writers, generals and engineers are all buried here.

Some of the memorials tell long stories, others just show names and dates.

But can you write a six-word story using words from the stones? Here are some examples:

> London: minds full of living words.
> What remains? A memory, your love.
> I regret the West Indian peacock.

CHALLENGE:
Write your own six-word story, using words you find on memorial stones.

London: minds full of living words. What remains? A memory, your love. I regret the West Indian peacock.