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Novelist Kevin Brooks worked with 240 Year 8 students from Elizabeth
Garrett Anderson School.
During his workshop he focused on Pietro Longhi's
'Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice'. He described
how during the creative process of writing a story
ideas can be sparked off from many places. He encouraged
the students to jot down the first thoughts that
came into their heads when they looked at the unusual
painting, and to expand their writing from there.
to view Kevin Brooks's instructions to the students.
This is what Kevin said about the students' final pieces, produced back at school:
"The follow-up work produced by the students of Elizabeth Garrett
Anderson School is wonderful. Full of feeling and emotion, well-written,
and extremely expressive. It's superb!
All the stories I've seen so far
are very touching, but I think my favourite is 'The Black Rhino-Thing',
by Yazmin Kimal. I love the sad feeling of this story. My favourite line
is: 'It was as if all the happiness had been sucked out of it (the black
rhino-thing) with a syringe and it wouldn't stop sucking until all the
happiness was gone. Every last drop.' Genius!
The Articulate project is a stunningly good idea, and I think it's
getting better all the time. The simplicity of the project gives it the
scope to achieve almost anything, and I think that's the key to it. When
we're given the chance to achieve almost anything, that's what we do. I
love being part of it, and I'm always amazed at the incredible quality
and thoughtfulness of the students' work.
The initial work, produced at
the Gallery in a very short time, never ceases to astonish me. It's so
refreshing and honest, so strong - and it continues to back up my belief
that anyone and everyone can express how they feel in words."