Friends of Marsden Library, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Imbolc Team
We were delighted – thanks to the generosity of a donor who funded this project – to be able to commission storytelling workshops for about 60 local school children from Marsden junior School. The workshops were designed and delivered by Marie Basting, a writer and tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Manchester Writing School, and supported by some FoML volunteers and Student Ambassadors from Manchester Metropolitan University. We were very pleased also to welcome our local councillor, Rob Walker who also worked with the children..
As soon as Marie found out about Imbolc she had the perfect theme – and we were absolutely thrilled that the Imbolc Green Man and the Goddess joined us to tell the story and inspire the children with their amazing costumes and skilful dancing.
During the workshops, which were held over two mornings, before and after Imbolc itself, the children learned about characters and started to create their own stories. Not content with creating stories, they also let their imaginations fly to illustrate them, and to make books to put them in – so something there for everybody!
Marie Basting said: “The children did some great work and really seemed to get a lot out of it.”
Sheila Bates said “It was a great example of partnership working between the library, school, university and the IMBOLC team. The children seem to have really enjoyed it and showed great enthusiasm and confidence.”
We are hoping the finished books will be displayed in Marsden Library when it re-opens after refurbishment. The Friends of Marsden Library give thanks to all the partners for their work and support with this event. Hopefully we can look forward to more events like this in our library.