Storywalks© - Unchain your literacy and digital trails
Poetry Pin© and Storywalks© are copyright protected
in schools and Taunton Museum
Storywalks works in both Museum of Somerset and across the SW have gone from strength to strength with new tales and stories revealed through playful investigations.
The system is designed to take a full class of pupils and enable them to reveal and share (think read to each other here) a story hidden inside their school grounds or museum.
Works with Devon Arts (Daisi) in 2018 tasked local schools and pupils to invent a new medieval cure for warts which was parcelled up inside a tale and then geo-tagged to Exeter Cathedral Green.
This years favourite story has been 'The Giants' Daughter, hosted by The Museum of Somerset in Taunton and continues where Jack and the Beanstalk narrative finished off.
For as everyone knows the giant dies when he falls but what most people don't know is that the giants' daughter then inherits cloud castle. But she can't stand all the old stuff her father collected over the years of Fee Fi Fo Fumming, so she gets her servants to throw it all off the castle ramparts. The artefacts then litter the ground across Somerset which is then collected up by the Museum and placed on display in the Making Somerset Gallery!
This story can only be revealed inside the Making Somerset gallery through finding the right key words on display. Some are on artefacts, others on the info boards in displays, but with these they can open the story on the iPads, read aloud to each other and discover the story. Storywalks like these are team activities which are part hunt, part story, part riddle solving, all sharing and totally fun.
Get in touch through the contacts page for pricing and availability.
The Lost Words Spell Book
Illustrator Jackie Morris and nature writer Robert Macfarlane have collaborated on a book called 'The Lost Words'. Mr Macfarlane's poetry is in response to nature words which have been dropped by the Oxford English Childrens' dictionary.
When the book launched, autumn 2017 there was a special Storywalks trail in The Compton Verney Gallery grounds with laser etched keyword posts.
A little about Storywalks
Storywalks© are bespoke digital story trails which are authored by you and your pupils and then tethered to the landscape of your choosing.
what are they?
If you were to rip the first page from a book and pin it to a tree, then the next page and pin that to the next tree, to read you would need to walk past those trees.
Storywalks© does this digitally with smart phones and iPads so you don't have to rip a book apart! Just click on the links to get to the tales in trails.
A few Storywalks© links
the original storywalks created by Mr Jelley in Dunster, Dulverton and Porlock
Hidden Histories and Secret Stories - six fabulous trails in minehead - all free and ready for you to explore.
Coleridge Way - Fly Catcher Press - three trails each displaying elements from Coleridge's journals owned by the British Library in London and geolocated around Somerset.
Schools - a selection of creative geolocated stories
Old Cleeve School Somerset - https://oldcleeve.storywalks.info