Patrons of Reading
This year, as Patrons of Reading at Northfield Academy, we had the pleasure of working on an exciting project, organised by librarian extraordinaire Mandy Wilson.
The project involved art and science teachers, and S1 pupils were set the task of creating comics about Great Scottish Scientists. Scotland has a rich history of invention and, for a small country, a surprisingly large number of famous discoveries to its name.
Allan Burnett (author of “Invented in Scotland”) delivered a talk to inspire the pupils, who then each gathered information on a scientist, engineer or mathematician of their choice.
We then delivered sessions with groups of pupils to help them get started on researching and developing their own comic, which they later finished working with the art department.
The pupils were encouraged to use photographs as reference or even for use as part of a collage, mixed in with their own drawings.
Mandy has created this excellent film about the project.
We then selected three of the best comics which where photographed to create the three short videos below. The soundtracks were produced by S1 pupils.
The whole project was made possible thanks to the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Fund.
|Pupils of Northfield Academy busy reading their class set of Louis – Red Letter Day|
|Pupils of Northfield Academy
reading Louis – Night Salad
|John in a chess duel in between sessions
at Northfield Academy
Last year we were made Patrons of Reading at Northfield Academy in Aberdeen and, as the first ever graphic novelists to fill such a role, we were honoured and delighted. We’ll be working closely with the school for the next three years to encourage reading and creativity.
Our first author visits in this new capacity took place at the end of January and were great fun. We had the opportunity to work with the whole of the school’s first year, in class-sized groups, as well as meet with the teachers for an informal lunch where we talked about our hopes and about the patronage.
Northfield Academy have adopted us and we have adopted the school.
Everyone made us feel extremely welcome and it was exciting to see so much interest and receive so much support from the school. The head teacher, librarians and teaching staff in general were all really enthusiastic and engaged.
To start our patronage, we sent the school a class set of Louis – Red Letter Day graphic novels and some signed posters, along with an activity sheet for the classroom.
We’re looking forward to returning for a follow up session with S1 pupils and for sessions with Primary pupils too!
A huge thank you to Mandy Wilson for choosing us as patrons, to Mr Watt and the art department, and to head teacher Neil Hendry.
|Evening Express article 28/11/2013|
|Scottish Parliament mention of our partnership with
Northfield Academy as Patrons of Reading
Neil Hendry, head teacher of Northfield Academy said: “We are delighted that the talented duo from Metaphrog has agreed to work with the school in this special reading initiative. By working in partnership with Metaphrog over the next three years we hope pupils will be inspired and encouraged to read and be creative through the style and illustrations of graphic novels.”
In other news, we have just returned from a two week event tour. Firstly, we were in the Netherlands, at the Eindhoven International School, where we delivered a series of workshops and also an in-depth lecture on Persepolis. The school has one of the best libraries we have ever seen – including a fabulous graphic novel section – and International Human Rights Declaration #19 imprinted on its wall.
|The library at the Eindhoven International School|
Secondly we were busy for Book Week Scotland 2013. Now in its second year Book Week Scotland has hundreds of fantastic events all over Scotland, and we delivered nine graphic novel workshops in schools and libraries in Glasgow, Wester Hailes, MacDuff, Dyce and Dundee in the space of six days.
|Metaphrog workshop session in Aberdeenshire|
We always love travelling and had a fantastic time – and returned inspired and ready to write and draw new stories!