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Telling our stories during lockdown

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Phillip pullman

We are natural story-tellers. It helps us understand, interpret and navigate through the world. Story-telling skills – the crafting of a message – help us in so many ways in relationships, our work and study and at play.

In the midst of crises, we have turned to stories and living through a pandemic is no different. When VE Day was celebrated last week, many families recalled stories which had been passed down through generations of bravery and stoicism.

Maybe, just now we need to be telling stories more than ever.

For comfort. For hope. For the future.

For some time, I have been thinking about developing a story-telling course for young teenage writers. But somehow, the format just wasn’t obvious and we couldn’t get the timing right. But being in lockdown has produced some creative thinking and it seemed so obvious to run a programme online.

As always at Inkpots, this was discussed with some of our students and, within a few weeks the Inkpots Imagineers’ Collective was born.

Having a voice and knowing your opinion is valued is central to the work we do at Inkpots. As adults, it is vital we listen to what our young people have to say. This programme is an excellent way of ensuring this happens.

We are currently half way through a programme and the stories in progress are daring, magical and adventurous. We will be running the programme again starting 15 June 2020. Please email Gill to reserve a place now (this is a small group programme and places go very quickly).

I do hope that during this time you find some way of encouraging and telling stories to help make sense of the world.


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