Author Dr Sally Bayley will lead an interactive talk based on her literary memoir, Girl With Dove (2018) that tells the story of a young girl escaping from a strange, all-female household by reading. Working closely with a child’s first associations with particular words encountered in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories and Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, Sally draws you into a child’s world of imaginative word plots.
Working with original word-animations created by filmmaker, Suzie Hanna, Sally will show how stories can be built from animated words, and how words can turn into moving images. Sally will perform a unique reading of Girl with Dove using movement, gesture and aspects of song and percussion.
The second part of the session will ask participants to draw upon their own reading vocabulary and history, as well as words and phrases they may have spoken only at home or among family. Volunteers will be encouraged to begin story telling from these words and, led by Sally, will be helped to create a form of spoken word-collage.
The session will finish with a brief discussion and screening of an award-winning film by Suzie Hanna based upon the work of poet and illustrator, Stevie Smith, who has provided much inspiration for Sally’s own writing. BLUE FROM HEAVEN (2019) tells the story of Arthur and Guinevere and their very separate spheres of words and deeds. Actress Glenda Jackson provides the voice of the poet.
The session is designed for all ages, but particularly for teachers and teenage writers and readers and those interested in creative writing, film, and story telling.