Friday, 26 August 2011

Forgotten Forests



Have a look at this lovely project from the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Have you got a forest to add? Or are you near enough one of the those already listed to go and visit it?  Forgotten Forests

All the forests that grow to my mind are either lost and long ago fell to the axe or I don't know if they still thrive...need to do some checking!

Here is Dollar Glen - where the Burn of Sorrow and the Burn of Care run down from Castle Campbell (or Castle Gloom, just to keep to the dolourous feel going...). Dollar, Clackmannanshire

New worksheets

A fishy flavour for this set - big fish, small fish, fish to wave or fish to wear on your head!

There are two pages to each worksheet: a "leader's sheet" with equipment list and hints on leading the activity and a straightforward "how-to-do it" page.  One page of the Flying Fish sheet has flown away...will track it down!

The original books for these sheets was "Talking to the Earth". That and the more recent "Celebrating Nature' are still available - follow the link to my website: Gordon's books

Enjoy!








Monday, 22 August 2011

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Moorland Stories at the Just-So Festival

right in the middle of things this evening....a day that threatened rain, promised sunshine and remained but the Festival is buzzing....lots going on, lots of people, and lots of wonderfully crazy little puppets appearing....first photos: getting ready udner the watchful eyes of a cheerful giant....


small puppets appeared, and another giant sorted himself out....



We did some storytelling while children experimented with other puppets from the project


But giants remained a repeating theme....
video
This video is filmed sideways (put it down to excitement!) - sorry for that! We'll replace it if we manage to find another giant out for a wander....

Friday, 19 August 2011

Moorland stories - a few words

Snippets of stories from various workshops over the last few weeks

Foxhole Cave, High Wheeldon

The lair of the fox was dark, deep and hidden from view of man,
But his smell was sniffed by the dog rounding the sheep
Who crashed through the undergrowth and fell into the dark and gloomy cave

the shepherd heard its cries and found his dog

Fortunately the fox had exited by another route

Its lairs once home
To prehistoric man and bear

Owl
Peace and tranquillity
Lots of mice and good around the scavenge
Places to rest and hide
To glide through the air in the countryside
A special place for owls
Places to drink from
A home in the tree
already there

PTERODOVETYL
The pterodovetyl sailed on silent wings over the shallow seas in which the chrome and parkhouse reefs were forming. It scanned the waves for darting fish and occasionally dived, gannet-like, for its prey before rising like a scaly Venus to wander the waves once more, a prehistoric albatross


SPECULATION ON CARDBOARD
speculation on cardboard, tea coffee or arsenic to go with valerian infused honey, the artists create eclectic selections of ancient carnivores
fed by copious imaginations and Sheen sunshine. coming together recall an older world

RIVER BOGGART
Under the water,
Under the tree-roots,
Where the river runs clean over the gravel
Rushing round rocks,
Flooding over the Stepping Stones,
A hole in the bank
Holds secrets, hoards bones trawled from winter fields.
And in the shadows
Knitting, knotting those bones into cloaks,
A memory of an older world is sitting

WITCH?
We brought a root
and grew deadly nigthshade,
Monkshood purple, nodding death
And foxgloves, enchanted, human poisons but party delight for the Little People dressing well in Folks' Gloves for parties and cavalcades across the flowering fields.
A garden of hemlock and henbane, orris and elder
the wisdom of hazel, the venom of yew

But it was the sleepy valerian that drew in the bees


Moorland Stories - a few stories

 selection of snippets from various writers at different workshops....


Foxhole Cave, High Wheeldon

The lair of the fox was dark, depe and hidden from view of man,
But his smell was sniffed by the dog rounding the sheep
Who crashed through the undergrowth and fell into the darka dn gloomy cave

the shepherd heard its cries and found his dog

Fortunately the fox had exited by another route

Its lairs once home
To prehistoric man and bear

Owl
Peace and tranquillity
Lots of mice and good around the scavenge
Places to rest and hide
To gldie through the air in the countryside
A special place for owls
Places to drink from
A home in the tree
already there

PTERODOVETYL
The ptreodovetyl sailed on silent wings ovwe the shallow seas in which the chrome and parkhosue reefs were forming. It scanned the waves for darting fish and ccasionally dived, gannet-like, for its prey before rising like a scaly venues to wander the waves once more, a prehistoric albatross


SPECULATION ON CARDBOARD
speculation on cardboard, tea coffee or arsenic to go with valerian infused honey, the artists create eclectic selections of ancient carnivores
fed by copious imaginations and Sheen sunshine. coming together recall an older world

RIVER BOGGART
Under the water,
Under the tree-roots,
Where the river runs clean over the gravel
Rushing round rocks,
Flooding over the Stepping Stones,
A hole in the bank
Holds secrets, hoards bones trawled from winter fields.
And in the shadows
Knitting, knotting those bones into cloaks,
A memory of an older world is sitting

Moorland Stories - last days


The story project with Borderland Voices ( http://www.borderlandvoices.org.uk/ ) reaches its conclusion this weekend. Our participants have generated new stories and new characters for stories, made puppets, built toadstools and generally been excitingly creative over the last few weeks


This week-end, the project appears at the Just-so Festival ( have a look! ) near Leek where we're creating a world of puppets wherein we'll tell some of those new stories, act out others with puppets and create still more - puppets and stories - with visitors over the weekend



Dancing

just one line......a thought that ahs been returnign to em a lot this week...worth sharing?

Step out into the world, dancing
poised, ready for the dance to begin

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Workshops and training courses coming up...

I am even more elusive than usual just now for people looking for workshops for adults or professional training sessions. (You can always set up your own training course and book me for that!). Most of the following events are still being finalised so come back to this page to find out more or drop me an email and I can let you know details as they confirm

Workshops in the diary just now for the next few months include:

            Lights, Words and Inspiring Places, 4 - 6 November, near Dunkeld, Perthshire. Drawing ideas out of the November weather and from mountains, moors, stream, wood and stone to give us words, to shape poems, spin stories, making quick puppets and holding the essence of autumn in tiny  lanterns, printed tissue and leaf-lightcages.
For the SpeyGrian Trust (www.speygrian.org.uk), booking and costs through: gilbertmoulin@btinternet.com

            Wild Words: planned for early December, a one day workshop down in the West Country: playing with words, making stories, building books. Details to be confirmed - contact Gordon for more information

            Institute for Outdoor Learning, March 2012, Hollowford Centre: probable workshops on this exciting event ( Hollowford Centre )

            Southend Educational Trust, Essex, (tentative) April 2012, a day working  with school grounds and finding ways of inspiring literacy through playgrounds, playing fields, flowerbeds and vegetable plots. Details to be confirmed



A week of workshops


A week of hectic workshops pushed African memories to the back of my mind for a while as I need to concentrate on the here and now of slightly mad puppet characters and their evolving stories*.

A whirlwind week with 5 days of workshops since last Monday including three Moorland stories sessions for Borderland Vocies (why not look at and join our Facebook group Moorland Stories), a noisy day making night-time mobiles to carry bats, owl and other excitements into your dreams, a dauntingly quiet day with the woodland Trust (but a chance to meet some excellent Woodland Trust rangers and the delightful Cath Alan, another storyteller http://www.catharan.co.uk/)

And to-day, a pleasant workshop at Tittesworth Reservoir and maybe 40 people settling down to make puppet s- some to take away and some for us to keep….gradually accumulating numbers for our Moorland Stories Enchanted World of Puppets at the Just-So Festival


* The old woman who lives in Rock Hall in the Roaches and spends her time counting fossils, the mermaid who lives in Doxey Pool nearby, the Moorlands Bear and his endless quest for more honey, and the puppy who lost his voice - stolen by the frog in his throat……