Wednesday, January 9, 2013

News: Rotherham's Pop Up Story Shop


Inspire Rotherham, the borough's literacy campaign, has come up with a novel idea to fill an empty retail unit in the town centre.

The Pop Up Story Shop on Corporation Street is described as "a magical new venue to ignite a spark of creativity in all of us."

The ground floor of the former Copycatz unit showcases local talented artists, illustrators and authors, including Gervase Phinn, Gail Jones, Peter J Murray and the young writers of the "Cube."

Once complete, the venue will host workshops including book-making, illustrating stories, storytelling, digital stories, cartoons, family reading, and there will be opportunities to meet authors, creative writers, historians, artists and illustrators.

Michael Rosen, broadcaster, children's novelist and poet and previous children's laureate, visited the shop in December. He said: "It's great to be in at the very beginning of an exciting new writing venue for people of all ages.

"It's right on the high street, a place where older groups, playgroups, any groups, can come in, discover they've got a voice, talk about what's important.

"Reading and writing is transformational. When you read and write you can feel immediately, the world around you is full of possibilities and you can be part of what can change it – and that's what's going on here."

Inspire Rotherham is a not for profit social enterprise that provides unique solutions and approaches to improve levels of communication, language and literacy and reach those who need it most.

Volunteers are being encouraged to get involved and help with the projects in the shop.

Inspire Rotherham website

Images: Inspire Rotherham


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