Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Kernow Capers!

Just back from the North Cornwall Word Explosion and as usual all my worries were unfounded. My workshop was entitled 'Gory stories and Spooky Ballads,' no further explanation needed, really. The first session was in Bude Castle with a select bunch of cultured children and their pet adults. We had a great time and came up with some memorable gory and gruesome passages (I do worry about the children of Cornwall... such hideous imaginations!) They even agreed to appear in a photograph with me!

In the afternoon, they threw me in Bodmin Jail! Fortunately, it was only to run the same workshop but what was this? Twenty five children? Twenty seven? Thirty? And their pet adults too! In all there were forty punters all scribing away to deadly and chilling effect! And Bodmin Jail is such a spooky setting. We were treated to a tour of the cells later: freezing cold, sinister and very atmospheric! See below for the wild children of Bodmin!

Fantastic! I've asked the children to send me their finished pieces and I'll be posting them up on Gory Stories (there's a link at the side).
I had such a great time, I just hope they invite me back! And Michelle and Andy surpassed themselves in their hospitality. Here's a shot of my room...

Okay, I confess, it's another shot of Bodmin Jail. In truth I was wined, dined, fed with clotted cream scones and generally well looked after! Thanks to all concerned and especially to the brilliant kids I met!


Michelle (Mickmouse) said...

We all had a brilliant time...just try and stop us having you back!! So glad to have had you here and we wil try and redecorate the room for next time!!
Great story from Hannah

Michelle (Mickmouse) said...

So good to see you Jon - we all had a brilliant time and we will definitely have you back next year please!!! Will try to get the room decorated for next time though.
Great story from Hannah

SueG said...

Jeez, you get to have all the fun! Looks great!!

L-Plate Author said...

Oh to be in your position, with a book coming out and events like that. Mind you, I'm not too impressed with your room! x

KatW said...

It was great meeting you in person. Really enjoyed the evening at Michelle & Andy's. Great conversation, giggles and Michelle's wonderful waffle & white chocolate pudding. Fab!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

You had me convinced that you were in that cell and I was horrified... thank goodness it turned out differently!


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