Here we are at Arlington’s Brasserie in the centre of Ipswich being visited by author Ed Parnell.
First Ed answered some of our questions about his book ‘The Listeners’ and then we did a couple of writing exercises.
Initially, we wrote joint poems, each contributing one line. If you have ever played ‘Consequences’, it’s a bit like that, although in our version you can read what everyone has written before adding your own contribution.
This is the best of them:-
Year Six Art Class
Scissors, glue and yoghurt pots,
Daisies and Forget-me-nots.
All these things we used to know,
When down the stairs was far to go.
Football boots and conkers,
I bet you love Willy Wonka.
Verruca Salt gave up her Golden Ticket,
And the factory gate slammed shut.
Childhood was behind us.
Next, we wrote short pieces in pairs. Tracey Skirrow was Ed’s partner and together they wrote this:-
I love it when he tells me a story. We sit side by side, blanket heaped over us, yellow lamplight slanting over our shoulders. I follow his finger down the page, trying to say the words in my head. His voice is clear, and I am there, there in the words, there in the pages and it’s like the sky and everything else all around us has folded over and there’s just me and him and the sound of his words.
My head is full of the pictures, both the ones on the page and the extra ones his voice summons up for me.
Night and day, shadows and sunshine.
Ed Parnell will be judging our first chapter competition, the results of which will be announced on our Facebook Page and the website.