Local primary school children explore history of Leicester Cathedral in flash fiction workshop

Posted by pt91 at Mar 01, 2017 11:12 AM |
University of Leicester tutors provide creative writing expertise in collaborative event as part of BBC Storytelling Festival on Friday 3 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 1 March 2017

  • Photo opportunity: Media are welcome to film/photograph at Leicester Cathedral on Friday 3 March at 11am

One hundred primary school children in Leicester will have the opportunity to retell the story of Leicester Cathedral in a creative writing workshop led by tutors from the University of Leicester’s School of Arts on Friday 3 March.

The students will receive help from creative writing practitioners and, by the end of the workshop, will draft their own piece of flash fiction using items found within the Cathedral.

The children could write about a range of objects, from a mysterious medieval chest, to a cross rescued from the burning Ypres Cathedral in the First World War, to the new Redemption windows by Tom Denny.

The workshop will begin with a talk on the Cathedral’s history and a lesson on flash fiction.

The students will then work in groups to produce their creative pieces with help from tutors with selected pieces featuring on the blog of the University’s Centre for New Writing.

Dr Mary Ann Lund, from the University’s School of Arts, said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing what the children will produce, and we hope that we can encourage the next generation of talented creative writers from our region to develop their skills further.

“The University and the Cathedral are both important parts of our city’s life, and it’s great to have this opportunity to work together as part of the BBC Storytelling Festival.

“I’m a member of the chapter of Leicester Cathedral, so I’m particularly excited to be working on this collaborative project bringing our history to life.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact:

Dr Mary Ann Lund from the University of Leicester on  maejl1@le.ac.uk

Andy Heafford, Education Officer at Leicester Cathedral, on andy.heafford@leccofe.org

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