Category Archives: My Writing

The Book Factory – Melbourne Writer’s Festival at ArtPlay

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Being a Reader… author… then an illustrator… and a publisher…

The author of this workshop was H.J Harper, who is an author from Melbourne who writes a series called Star League.

There was an Illustrator at this workshop whose name was Sue deGennaro who has illustrated The Tomorrow Book and The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas.

All I did was think of a title, write a story, illustrated it and got it published.

And then ACORNS came to be!!!

I enjoyed all of it but especially liked the illustrating because I love drawing.

Here is a pdf link to my book (please note it is a first draft as we did not have time to edit it).

Acorns

Get the free adobe acrobat reader to read it.

I went to this workshop Saturday 1st September at ArtPlay.

Recommended age: 7-12yrs.

PS. Let me know what you think of the book via the comments below.

 

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The Lady and The Unicorn exhibition and Weaving a Myth workshop

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The meeting of poetry and tapestry!

I went to an exhibition “The Lady and the Unicorn” with Etchings by Melbourne artist Arthur Boyd based on interpretations of the words of poet Peter Porter on 13th July 2012. The poems are based on a historical fiction novel about French tapestries featuring a beautiful lady and a unicorn. It is about a love story and mythical tale about a lady and a unicorn who love each other but find it hard to be together. This exhibition comes from NSW – The Bundanon Trust.

The story was explained (kid’s version poetry) by artist and Bundanon Trust Education Manager – Mary Preece.

Arthur Boyd’s art from activity booklet from Bundanon Trust.

Mum found it interesting that there was a picture incorporating Noah’s Ark as well into the poetry of the story.

I also did an activity booklet provided to learn about the story, see my pictures below.

The trapped unicorn in a cage.

However, in the end in this poetry version they do go to heaven and are together for eternity.

This is my interpretation of some of the story – my poem.

The Lady and the Unicorn

 

There once was a unicorn,

With a glamorous horn,

With an enemy king,

Who was really thinking,

how to catch the animal for his zoo..

The unicorn fell in love,

With a lady wearing white like a dove,

But the unicorn was betrayed,

On a very, very fateful day,

By the lady.

At the lady’s wedding,

She found herself weeping,

For the unicorn was gone forever,

But the unicorn came back,

And they went to heaven together.

And they lived there for eternity

I also went to the workshop run by Mary Preece – “Weaving a Myth” – where I weaved some beautiful artwork. A tapestry to be precise – see pictures below.

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It was a challenge for me trying to find the right ribbon and right side of the fabric, and to place them in an interesting way in the frame. I enjoyed the weaving because when I finished my work it looked fantastic!!

Recommended age: 9-12yrs.

The Lion Limerick

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Lion in car with policeman looking on bemused

There was a lion from Hive,
Who drove a four-wheeled drive.
He sailed through a light,
Policemen had seen quite a cumbersome sight,
And was fined for the cost of five.

The lion made a friend,
Whose name was Bend.
They hunted in the night,
Ate in the light,
And hid from a cub named Lend.

They hid from the cub,
In a patrol hub.
They sometimes slept there,
But the cub would find them and with his hair…
Tickled them and caused a huge hubbub.

the end!

Story and art work by Hannah Knight.