Live Tales: a guest post

It's always good to know about what's going on in other parts of the country- even if it makes us jealous!- and recently, I have come to realise just how many people look at our blog each week so I hope someone reading this might be able to get involved.

Live Tales, a new creative writing centre for young people, launched by Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne officially opened its doors for visits by school children last week, with the first school visits taking place on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September.

Live Tales offers fun interactive story writing in free workshops for Key Stage 2 classes. During their visit to Live Tales, pupils collectively start to write a story with each child writing their own individual ending. Live Tales workshops encourage and inspire young people to explore their imagination and develop communication skills and confidence.

David Almond, said:

“What a joy it is to have Live Tales here on Tyneside. This is an important and optimistic project of national significance. Children and young people are at the beating heart of our culture. They are our future. We all have a great deal to learn from their energy and creativity.”

Offered initially on Thursday and Friday mornings, the workshops are available for KS2 school classes during term time. Teachers bringing a group for a free two-hour workshop also receive a free pack with practical information to help plan their visit and activities to do with their class before and after their Live Tales visit. 

A new education centre, Live Tales is an extension of Live Theatre’s successful writing and drama projects with schools. It is also part of an international network of writing centres, including Fighting Words in Dublin and the 826 group of writing centres across the United States that encourage young people to develop their creative writing skills.

Pupils from Hotspur Primary School outside Live Tales working on creative writing.

Pupils from Hotspur Primary School outside Live Tales working on creative writing.

Live Tales is based in a specially converted historic Almshouse, located behind Live Theatre in the newly opened Live Garden. Live Tales has been created as part of the Live Works capital development which will bring new revenue streams enabling Live Theatre to grow and sustain its work in the production of new plays, the development of creative talent and in education and participation.

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What an amazing project! The schools in Newcastle are very lucky to have such an amazing resource on their doorstep! Come on, Somerset councils- what about us?