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Fantastical library journey maps

In early 2015, we commissioned writer and performer, Bea Roberts, to work with three schools and three libraries to create fantastical journeys from each school to each library. Year 4 pupils from Barley Close School visited Downend Library, Coniston Primary School linked up with Patchway Library and pupils from the Park Primary School went round the corner to Kingswood Library. Tales of zombies, ghosts, mythical beasts and spies coloured these action packed journeys. Designer Lyndie Galvin then used the children’s amazing illustrations to create maps that the children could keep and share with the rest of their school.

The project was designed to encourage pupils to use their local libraries and all they have to offer as well as encouraging the children to let their imaginations fly. Perhaps one of the children who took part will have their stories on the library shelves one day.

See the maps the children produced.

A fantastical map from Coniston Primary School to Patchway Library A fantastical map from Park Primary School to Kingswood Library A fantastical map from Park Primary School to Kingswood Library A fantastical map from Park Primary School to Kingswood Library A fantastical map from Barley Close School to Downend Library

Quotes from Participants

 Coniston School

‘I have learnt never to stop reading’

‘I was absorbed in writing stories’

‘I learnt writing can be fun as well as hard’

The Park

‘I have learnt that making stories is fun and I found out that I’m pretty good at drawing.’

‘To be more imaginative’

‘I have learnt that even though it is fun you are still learning’

‘I have learnt that making stories is really fun and exciting’

Barley Close

‘I have learnt that I am capable at writing a poem’

‘I have learnt that I am good at writing stories.’

‘It is fun to work together’

A group of young children sitting on the floor A woman showing a map to a group of young children The backs of children sitting on the floor

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