Are you sit­ting com­fort­ably? Then An­gela Cole will tell you a tale of a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the world of sto­ry­telling, com­ing to Kent for two months

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An ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to chil­dren’s sto­ries comes to Chatham His­toric Dock­yard

Jour­ney through a world of sto­ry­telling and il­lus­tra­tions, in a car­ing world with­out con­flict, that cel­e­brates the im­por­tance of friend­ship.

That will be the ex­pe­ri­ence on of­fer for vis­i­tors to the His­toric Dock­yard Chatham from this week­end as chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tor Michael Fore­man’s work goes on show. Paint­ing With Rain­bows, which will run un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 26, is ded­i­cated to the award-win­ning au­thor and his cre­ations for chil­dren. A chil­dren’s il­lus­tra­tor for more than 50 years, Michael’s orig­i­nal art­work will be on show along­side play­ful props and cos­tumes.

It will ex­plore his sto­ry­telling and will imag­ine a world with­out con­flict, that cares for the en­vi­ron­ment and cel­e­brates the im­por­tance of friend­ship.

Vis­i­tors can travel through draw­ings from his ev­er­p­re­sent sketch­book and sto­ry­telling plus ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing an air raid ex­pe­ri­ence where an ARP war­den will lead them into shel­ters and learn about air raid shel­ters.

There will be cosy read­ing cor­ners where young­sters can sketch away with draw­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and write ideas for “peace” on the black­board. Kate Edwards, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Seven Sto­ries, said: “This

ex­hi­bi­tion is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for us to high­light Michael’s out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. His books have shaped gen­er­a­tions of read­ers as well as in­spire new and emerg­ing tal­ent in chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture.”

Fam­i­lies can add to the Tree of Hope with mes­sages for the fu­ture and ex­plore sto­ries of war and peace through War Boy, War Game, The Gen­eral

and Ali Pasha. A mul­ti­sen­sory en­vi­ron­ment in­spired by Di­nosaurs and All That Rub­bish and One World gives young­sters the chance to build and play and there will also be a chance to get a glimpse in­side his stu­dio and see some of his own per­sonal arte­facts. Michael said: “I am, of course, honoured to have been in­vited to ex­hibit at Seven Sto­ries and very pleased with the way it has been made so in­ter­ac­tive and child friendly. The Tree of Hope, where chil­dren can at­tach rib­bons of their hopes and dreams adds a won­der­fully pos­i­tive and af­fir­ma­tive fi­nale to the ex­hi­bi­tion.”

He will be giv­ing a talk and book sign­ing at the dock­yard on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9.

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