DATE: Saturday 18th April 2015
VENUE: St Luke’s Community Centre, Old Street, London
“Dog loves books, but one day he receives a very strange book in the post – it’s blank! Dog soon realises that this book is not for reading, but for drawing in, and before long Dog is doodling and drawing himself into a new world, full of friends, surprises and adventures.” Dog Loves Drawing, Louise Yates
On a sunny Saturday in April a very special group of Daytrippers ventured into the magical world of story telling and creativity, led by the talented children’s Author Louise Yates. Inspired by her collection of successful children’s books, the children were able to experiment, create and let their ideas run wild only stopping for a quick nutritious lunch break.
Throughout the day, there were five group activities aiming to inspire the children to be creative and spark ideas for future stories in the making. There was the opportunity to draw your own main character, decorate rabbit ears, build your own 3D character, set the scene by drawing on windows, and also draw giant monsters in our Monster making competition.
We were blown away by all the children’s talents and ideas… and expect to see many stories come out of the day. None of this could have been done without the input and talents of Louise Yates – so a massive thank you from Daytrippers to her for allowing us all into her special world for the day, and giving us a rare opportunity to pick the brains of a published Author.
A huge thank you goes to Able & Cole and Ribena for their generous donations, to The Kidz Lunch Company for the delicious packed lunches, to Sophie J Allen for being our BSL interpreter for the day, to The Rosemary Branch Theatre who very kindly lent us their cushions for the day and the NCP car park for discounted parking. Big Up!
Of course we have to say a giant THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers Carmen, Maria, Lany, Cristina, Suleman and Serena for helping out on the day. In addition we were supported by a fantastic team of helpers from Havard Club Alumni – THANK YOU for your energy and time.
Photographs by Leila Talmadge