April 28, 2014 | 6:00pm
Airy Public Library |
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The NoneSuch Players
pose in photos for the Mount Airy Public Library's Photo Storywalk!
Lesley Nicole Watts
(From mtairynews.com by Jessica Johnson):
The Mount Airy Public Library is holding a unique, free opportunity to
energize creativity on Monday and Tuesday, with a Photograph
Walk-a-Bout and Creative Writing Workshop, all inspired by the novel
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” written by American
author Ransom Riggs.
For World Book Night,
the library gave away 20 copies of the novel, and Angela Llewellyn of
the Mount Airy Public Library said the giveaway was successful, and she
hoped people would be inspired by what she described as a “wonderful
Home for Peculiar Children” contains many photographs collected by the
author, Riggs, who originally intended to publish a picture book, but
was persuaded to write a story around the pictures. Riggs was a
collector of photographs found at places like yard sales, flea markets,
vintage shops. The resulting novel is about a boy who follows clues
from his grandfather’s old photographs, that lead him to an abandoned
orphanage and the truth about his past.
The story behind how
the book was written was the impetus for the walk-a-bout and creative
writing class, Llewellyn said. The Photography Walk-a-Bout will take
place on Monday, starting at 6 p.m. Members of the Nonesuch Playmakers
will wear costumes, and Llewellyn said they would be posed in various
locations. Those who meet at the library for the walk-a-bout will have
the opportunity to photograph the playmakers in costumes. The group
will then walk around the neighborhood around the library, taking
pictures of objects, landscapes, buildings, and even those dressed in
costume who are able to join the walk.
Photographs will be
used as the inspiration for the Creative Writing Workshop on Tuesday,
which starts at 6 p.m. Those in the class will use their photographs,
and photographs Llewellyn passes around (taken the night before at the
walk-a-bout), in order to craft stories “around” the photographs, just
like the process Ransom Riggs undertook when writing “Miss Peregrine’s
Home for Peculiar Children.”
“We want people to
get ideas of the different things that inspire them,” Llewellyn said.
“We might swap pictures around, and/or hand multiple pictures out and
those in the workshop can write stories based on the pictures, or use
their favorite pictures to craft their own stories.”
It’s fine if people
cannot attend on Monday night for the Photography Walk-a-Bout, or
vice-versa, Llewellyn said. “Hopefully people who come on Monday night
will agree to share their pictures with us, and we will have extras for
those who can only attend on Tuesday night.”
Walk-a-Bout and Creative Writing Workshop is recommended for age 12 and
older, and Llewellyn said she wanted to encourage adults to attend,
friends, those interested in photography and writing, and anyone
wanting a creativity boost. Those who attend the Photography
Walk-a-Bout on Monday at 6 p.m. should bring their own cameras.
“We are mixing
photography and writing and hopefully this might be a new way for
people to express themselves. I really look forward to seeing all the
pictures. It’s going to be a fun evening, and will take place rain or
shine, so bring your umbrellas if it’s raining. Plus, rain might create
some good atmosphere.”
For more information,
call the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5198.
39 photos of the event