Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Seven Stories

From the website
Some people say there are only seven stories in the world but a thousand different ways of telling them. Seven Stories is about the thousand ways...... Step inside the Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books and explore ever changing landscapes which will inspire ideas and imagination......................

Couldn’t believe it, when I arrived the featured exhibition was Judith Kerr who wrote The Tiger who came to tea, amongst other titles. It was the first story I ever told on the Jolly Jumbuck bus (sponsored by the State Library Victoria) in 1977
Seven stories had curated the most amazing exhibition, Judith born in Germany of Jewish Heritage left with her family to live in Switzerland, then France and finally settle in London. Her mother recognising her precocious talent, saved some of her illustrations and a narrative quality was evident from a very early age. She also wrote an autobiography, When Hitler stole the pink rabbit and a highlight of the exhibition for me was a video of her work with local refugee children sharing the same experiences.

There was a large recreation of the kitchen from “The tiger” and even a toy tiger of enormous proportions that you could sit and play with.
One of the other highlights was mog’s basket, made big enough for mums and toddlers to sit in for storytime.

Met and chatted with the wonderful CEO Kate Edwards who was full of enthusiasm and passion for Seven Stories along with being a huge fan of our own Dromkeen. They had recently featured the work of Robert Ingpen.

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