Saturday, 3 August 2013

Creepy Houses and Limestone Monsters

Mansfield Library: quiet, almost innocent

Wild, strange and dangerous days, these dog days of summer…As part of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, I've been doing workshops for Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Libraries making creepy houses and spooky landscape pop-ups. These have set out to inspire young people to tell us stories and to use the ideas they find in the books they read and apply these in other situations

So last Wednesday saw us creeping in Mansfield Library...

the tide starts to come in...

high tide, lots of people, lots of making!

a lovely selection of homes for the creepier customer

with your own burning room
and escape door (lower right)


Then Thursday, I was plunging again into our Carboniferous past and leading  workshops in Buxton Museum and Art Gallery as part of our Ancient Landscapes project. We were making puppets inspired by the animals of those prehistoric seas that gave us the limestone of the Peaks. A lot of creative license was exercised (not least over time periods and dates) and scientific presumptions challenged (how could anyone possibly know that trilobites were not rainbow patterned?)

Eurypterid in full predatory splendour!

a small, and rather dismal,
Next Creeping Toad wildnesses
5th -16th August: summer residency at the Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park, Surrey: closed sessions not open for dropping in
20th August: more Spooky Towers and Creepy Houses: Aspley Library, 10 -12, Bilborough Library, 2- 4, Nottingham. Free, drop-in events - give yourself 45 minutes at least to make your pop-up spookiness
21st August: even creepier houses, this time in Mansfield Library: 10.30 - 12.30 and 1.30 - 3.30. Again, free, drop in activities but give yourself time to do the making
22nd August, Sherwood Pines Country Park: away with the fairies, goblins and trolls: lively storywalks! Details, booking and prices:
29th August: Ogden Water Country Park: more faeries, elves, goblins and trolls: telling stories, making up new ones, finding evidence of terrible enchantments and wild adventures and making tiny goblin puppets to take home and upset the neighbours….Details, bookings and prices:

Next Ancient Landscapes events:
Tuesday 6th August: Winnat's Pass Walk: exploring the millstone grits of the Dark Peak. Meet: Castleton Visitor Centre Car Park, S33 8WP, at 2pm. Walk 2 - 4pm, some steep slopes and off paved footpaths

Wednesday 7th August: Life in Ancient Seas at Leek PlayDay
Brough Park, Leek, 11 - 3: meet the Ancient Landscapes team and make your own finger-puppet fossils or ancient seascape
goblin yoga

Come and join in…or we'll send the trilobites round

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