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Echo Eternal: Children making a new response to Holocaust survivors’ stories

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Echo Eternal: Children making a new response to Holocaust survivors’ stories

Echo Eternal is a wonderful project working with Holocaust survivors’ stories. Children and staff at Nansen Primary School came in every day in the first week of the summer holidays to make a creative resonse to one survivor’s story. Our focus was passing on memory ‘L’dor va dor’, from generation to generation. We worked in Nansen’s Forest School area, planting tree seeds to make a new generation of trees. These Muslim children explored links between Islam and Judaism, and thought about how we can all question intolerance and challenge hatred to prevent it happening again.     Here is some of the collective writing by this group of...

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Summer mischief

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Summer mischief

It’s been huge fun installing the Joke Machine in Summer Reading Challenge mischief events at Kenilworth Library and at Croome National Trust. After Pyn Stockman’s excellent storytelling sessions on Tricky Tricksters and Mischief Makers, it was my turn, showing kids how to use the Joke Machine to make up their own new jokes. How does it work? Just imagine an animal in one window, and an unlikely place for it in the other window – and then find some funny ways to describe them. So… here’s Niamh’s joke: What’s black and white, smelly and can’t be seen? And one by Shree: We don’t know, Shree. What IS white, eats ibex...

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Who we are in Sparkbrook

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Who we are in Sparkbrook

Fabulous community sharing at ISRA-UK in Sparkbrook. Lots of people shared their connections locally, in the city, and the rest of the world. And these lovely writing grids! Glimpses of people’s lives and loves. Click here to download and read more from the richly diverse answers. This was the first workshop in a series funded by Near Neighbours, exploring who we are, why we’re here and what we aspire to do. Mohammed Ali is on next. Watch this space!  

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Recipe for a City Feast

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Recipe for a City Feast

  Birminghammmmm… it’s a feast! We gathered recipes and food memories from many traditions, faiths and cultures at a series of workshops at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. And at an intergenerational writing workshop called ‘My Mother’s Cookbook’, people wrote family stories written between the lines in cookery notebooks and oral traditions. Comfort food, ancestral memories, hunger, battles of will or wish – food carries all sorts of resonances and symbolism, not all of it easy. Recipe for a City Feast, our leaflet gathering many people’s work, launches at the Faiths Gallery at 1.30pm on Sat 10th Feb, with an open mic recipe...

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Writing Our Roots

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Writing Our Roots

We’ve been taking inspiration from family legends, migration stories and old photographs like this one of my grandmother and her sister as young girls. I’ve been teaching a short course with Writing West Midlands, exploring new ways to write memoir and family history. Fantastically rich family stories and all sorts of questions are emerging – truth or fiction? Can we capture or create voices? We’re listening for the unspoken dreams and secrets which bring history alive beyond the names and dates of the family tree. Find out more...

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Blogger-in-residence at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Blogger-in-residence at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Why do humans have art galleries and museums? And why don’t squirrels? What’s on your mantelpiece? And what’s the oldest thing you keep in your house (apart from my husband, jokes the mayor). It’s been a joy beginning a blog on behalf of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, getting to know a place, getting behind the scenes to find out the secret stories and passions of the staff. A museum is like a two-way mirror, writes one of the team,  reflecting a place and its people, so that they understand themselves better and show themselves visibly to the outside world. I’ve learned a lot about the careful and highly creative world of museums, and what...

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