Storytelling school

Dive into the world of storytelling at a free family event

Children can dive into the world of storytelling and writing at a free family event in Exeter next month.

‘Word Play’ is coming to the Positive Lights Project in Sidwell Street on Saturday July 2 between 10am and 3pm, and looks to be a real page turner!

The event was organized by InExeter, the city’s business improvement district. Positive Lights Project is a non-profit organization that uses the visual arts to engage and inspire a wide range of audiences.

Last year, the City Council gave Positive Light Projects £12,558 from its strategic fund to help move into their new home. The money helped the organization build a creative and cultural work and teaching space in a disused former retail space in Sidwell Street.

‘Word Play’ celebrates literacy in all its forms, inspiring young minds to engage in reading and writing outside of school through a range of workshops and activities designed to encourage creative writing and drawing.

Tom McLaughlin, local author and illustrator of The Cloudspotter (Bloomsbury) and illustrator of the Captain Boots (Puffin) picture book series will host an interactive session which will include reading and drawing activities, as well as time for questions .

Other attractions include a professional storyteller who performs every hour – featuring interactive stories from around the world, poetry workshops led by Kev Payne, plus dress-up, role-playing and creative stations for wand-making and of puppets.

Word Play was organized by Lottie Stanley, InExeter Markets Manager. Lottie said: “Using your imagination is such an important skill. This event was organized to instill a love of storytelling in children and inspire the authors, poets and illustrators of tomorrow.

In addition to the activities, Waterstones bookshop will be there, Exeter Library will be promoting their summer reading challenge and library services, a creative toy stall from Selva Designs as well as refreshment stalls.

Word Play is a free event, aimed at children aged twelve and under. For more information please visit – there is an Eventbrite ticketing system where people can register their interest if they plan to attend. Positive Lights Projects is located at 184-187 Sidwell Street.