Becoming a Story Republican
Report by Molly Short – Year 8
The Story Republic is a group of creative people who travel around Cornwall sharing stories. Since January, students from Richard Lander School and some of our partner primaries have been working on submissions for the final art and creative writing exhibition which was displayed at the Royal Cornwall Museum over the Easter holidays and at a sharing event held in the RLS library this week.
The first part of the project saw Richard Lander students being assisted in a workshop with professional author Rebecca Grigson, who taught us the craft of story doctoring. Then, KEAP
(Kernow Education Arts Partnership), sent year 8 students to several primary schools around Cornwall to improve the short stories of year 4s. The Richard Lander students worked hard ‘story doctoring’ the primary school children’s stories, helping them to improve in all aspects such as plot, setting, characters, etc. One of the best bits about the project for the Richard Lander students was becoming a teacher for the day and being able to share our learning with younger students so we were delighted to receive letters from Perranporth School thanking us for a wonderful day. Evie B wrote “I very much liked working with Freya, she was understanding and commented on my work carefully and sensibly.” Perran added “You made my story the best it could be and you made the day a real fun time.”
The final exhibition looked like a magical story shop and tied all of the work together really well. There were vintage suitcases, decoupaged pieces of furniture, pieces of art inspired by books, maps on display everywhere and stories hidden in unlikely places. Students read their stories aloud, Mr Pascoe’s choirs sang and parents and younger siblings thoroughly enjoyed the interactive exhibition.