Friday, February 17, 2012

Creative writing inspired by museum objects - George the Guinea-pig!

Animals from a Victorian Noah's Ark - currently on display at Drury Lane Library

Whilst the museum is closed, we have some objects on display at Drury Lane Library, and will be running fun activities and workshops based on them.  

A Victorian Noah's Ark on display in Drury Lane Library was the inspiration for children at creative writing sessions led by local author Conrad Burdekin this week. 

Victorian Noah's Ark on display at Drury Lane Library
The session began with a competition to list as many animals as possible in one minute. There was some debate about how to spell Platypus and what its plural was, but the library had all the answers! Then the children chose an animal and helped Conrad write a story about a caterpillar who turned into a butterfly on the Ark and got into trouble on her first flight. She was saved by a flying fish and Mrs Noah mended her wings with golden thread from the silkworms. 

Finally the children chose another animal and wrote their own stories. Elizabeth (aged 11) chose a Guinea Pig  - it must have been frightening for the smaller animals on the Ark...

George the Guinea-Pig

Do you have a short-story you'd like to share about a guinea-pig, or any of the other animals on the ark?

1 comment:

  1. Kate Black, HorburyFebruary 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Gorgeous story!

    Conrad is inspirational! I saw him 'do' the Battle of Wakefield at Sandal Castle last year.

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