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ANEW ex­hi­bi­tion looks at how Tame­side fam­i­lies have helped to de­velop a fab­u­lous new range of sto­ry­books.

Working with arts or­gan­i­sa­tion Stone Soup, chil­dren’s au­thor Caryl ● Hart and il­lus­tra­tor Adam Pryce, the fam­i­lies cre­ated amazing char­ac­ters, set­tings and ad­ven­tures which have re­sulted in four brand new chil­dren’s books be­ing pub­lished.

Story Mak­ers, a hands-on, fam­ily-friendly ex­hi­bi­tion at Cen­tral Art Gallery in Ash­ton, looks at how the books were de­vel­oped, from the ini­tial ideas though to the fin­ished ar­ti­cles.

The sto­ry­books were de­vel­oped over sev­eral months at Ash­ton, Duk­in­field, Hat­ter­s­ley and Moss­ley li­braries.

The project aimed to help get chil­dren school- ready, to in­tro­duce par­ents to the li­brary ser­vice and to en­gage young fam­i­lies in sto­ry­telling.

High-en­ergy sto­ry­telling ses­sions, in­clud­ing songs and para­chute games, soon got their cre­ativ­ity flow­ing. Caryl and Adam worked with the fam­i­lies to de­cide what their he­roes would be like and where the books would be set. Moss­ley Li­brary par­tic­i­pants wanted their book to be set in a swim­ming pool that turned into an un­der­sea ad­ven­ture, while those at Duk­in­field Li­brary wanted their char­ac­ter to have red curly hair, wear dun­ga­rees and carry a gi­raffe toy.

The Story Mak­ers ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the project and fea­tures sketches, notes and pho­tographs from the de­vel­op­ment of each book. There are plenty of hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy while dis­cov­er­ing the Story Mak­ers’ ad­ven­tures.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens at Cen­tral Art Gallery, Old Street, Ash­ton, to­mor­row, Fri­day, April 13, and runs un­til June 30. The gallery is open Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days from 10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 4pm. It is open from 10am to 1pm on Satur­days. Fol­low us on Twit­ter @tm­bc_­cul­ture to find out about ex­hi­bi­tions and events across Tame­side’s mu­se­ums and gal­leries.

The Story Mak­ers books were pro­duced with help from lo­cal fam­i­lies

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