Fantastic fun with words

posted in: Events, No Stone Unturned 2

Following my visit to Wilmcote Primary School for a story writing workshop, the local newspaper the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, printed the lovely story shown below. Thank you to Gill Sutherland at the Herald for her support and congratulations to Katia Tibbets for writing such a brilliant story, inspired by the session. You made it into print, Katia. May this be the first of many!

Stratford upon Avon Herald, 19 May 2016
Stratford upon Avon Herald, 19 May 2016

Fantastic Fun With Words

Also today, I have just returned from the first of three sessions I am doing in local libraries as part of the Warwickshire Libraries’ Fantastic Fun With Words festival. I spent the afternoon with two groups of Year 6 children from Newburgh Primary School, revealing where my story ideas come from. We spent much of the time talking about No Stone Unturned because of its local history links. Much of the story is set around Wilmcote’s old limestone quarry and we identified just some of the local buildings that incorporate the Blue Lias stone, including Ragley Hall, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Clopton Bridge, the Falcon Hotel, St Mary’s Church in Warwick and Kinwarton Dovecote. If you know of any local buildings that feature stone from Wilmcote, do let me know.

2 Responses

  1. eric carpenter
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    Hi there ,i came across your book while surfing the net,i have ancestors who worked in the quarries around Aston cantlow/wilmcote, William or Charles carpenter i think .
    my dad was a Councillor and used to attend meetings in the houses of parliament, i am sure he had no idea ,my great grandfather helped to quarry / shape the flooring he walked upon,i will try to read your book sometime.if you know of any carpenters in the area let me know but i think they all moved to Birmingham.

    • Helen
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      I found so many surprising links while researching the book and here, then, is another. How wonderful. I don’t know any Carpenters in the area but will certainly ask around. Do you know where your Great Grandfather lived? When would he have been working in the quarry?

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