Former Man Booker Prize shortlistee Mick Jackson has been made writer in residence at the Science Museum in London.
The author, who was shortlisted for The Underground Man, which also won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Royal Society of Authors’ First Novel Award, will be based at the museum for one year and find creative inspiration through its collections and exhibitions.
Jackson, who has so far authored three novels and two illustrated collections of stories, said: “It looks like I’ve landed a dream job. The Science Museum has given me free rein around the place and I plan to use it to its full advantage. With such a vast number of collections it’s hard to know where to start, but my interests tend towards the lost and neglected, so I plan to snoop around the darker corners of the building’s basements and staircases and see what I find.”
The Science Museum said its residency programme is a vital way of offering artists the opportunity to reinterpret the collections and normally unseen aspects of the Museum.
Hannah Redler, head of Science Museum Arts Projects, said: “We are delighted that Mick Jackson has joined the Science Museum. We invite exceptional artists to engage with our collections and offer us new ways of thinking about the impact of science, medicine and technology on culture and society. I am looking forward to seeing Mick’s response to our wonderful collections.”