There were painted faces and fancy hats as Writers’ Week regular, Roisin Meeney, recited the “don’t forget the butter for the royal slice of bed” poem, accompanied by a pantomime-style queen. Using a huge story book without text, plenty of questions and introducing new words – e.g. Alderney cow – the children were relaxed and enjoying the art of storytelling.
Next up; Chicken Little (also known as Chicken Licken, as pointed out by some of the young children). The Owl and the Pussycat, Little Rabbit Foo Foo and a Rolf Harris-style story session drawing the characters and scenery as she spoke.
Like Joe Craig earlier today, Roisin’s attitude was one of fun and enjoyment, but there was also a didactic element; throughout the session she showed children not only how enjoyable stories are, but she also demonstrated how stories form, revealing the thinking process behind them where imagination, magic and mistakes are central to their appeal. Drawing her own illustrations was a lovely touch which the children really responded to.