WIV WORDS was every bit as impressive as I expected. Wivenhoe has a talented literary community who bubble with vitality and are remarkably supportive of each other. My contribution was a talk to adults about how my book on Essex Folk tales was put together and the choices of story I had to make. I also ran a fun workshop for families creating stories with Monsters for their heroes. It had me convinced that family workshops can be a great way of making children feel at their ease and adults can discover some unexpected creativity of their own!
A VISIT TO BRIGHTLINGSEA JUNIOR SCHOOL This was my first encounter with potential readers of ‘An Amazing storytelling cat’ and I was delighted to find that they relished all the varieties of tales and picked up the settings through Simon’s lovely illustrations. I was most touched by the child who forgot her money the first day but the next day she remembered and went off clutching her book to her chest smiling proudly ‘I’ve got my book now!’
BBC ESSEX INTERVIEW WITH MARK PUNTER-I found it a little strange to walk into the radio station to find it has no receptionist now but Mark Punter is an easy to talk to and the chat flowed easily. One or two questions startled me when he started asking me how Kiyoko would appear in a cartoon. The biggest puzzle was what sort of actor’s voice would be needed. Any ideas?
WRITERS BLOCK- This is a radio community broadcast out of a studio at the Plume school at Maldon run by Sarah Banham. She is a writer herself and prepares for her interviews very carefully by lengthy chats before the broadcast. Strangely enough the interview had a very ghostly atmosphere. Maybe this was because I read my story about the King Of Cat’s funeral . Another odd feature when Peter, my partner suggested to me ,when a listener asked for a story set in a pub , that I tell the tale of the stable hand who perished in the chimney of ‘The Bear ‘ at Stock. I never knew he listened so carefully!
ALL HALLOWS AT THE MINORIES- Martin Reed organized an intriguing night of supernatural tales on film, music ,song, readings, storytelling and even dance. The film was the most the most interesting part of the evening when people gave their accounts of their personal experiences of the supernatural.
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