I was asked by Twenty % Extra to run a research and create 'photocopying' workshop during this year’s National Storytelling Week. It was created as part of a a pilot campaign Cut // Copy // Paste in partnership with Arts Council, Hackney Council and Small Green Shoots. Alongside them I engaged a group of young people from Pupil Referral Unit Inspire! Hackney with their local library – C.L.R. James – in Dalton.
The programme’s aim was to help the students tell their personal stories and create their own narratives. Using poetry, illustration and print collage, the project culminated in a collection of A6 zines exhibited in the library – making the experience of forms of print and the library, experiential.
Throughout the workshop programme the students exercised critical thinking, learned about concepts of ‘brand’, storytelling techniques within advertising and music, narrative arches, visual storytelling and how to use steadfast library resources such as reference books and the trusted photocopier to create their vision.