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Christmas Festival, 2011


“This is a fantastic idea and I learned a lot about the history of Beckton and some interesting facts about Christmas. I hope Scribble Ink does something like this for Easter!”

- Beckton Resident.

Yesterday saw the success of St Marks Christmas Festival and more specifically, the triumph of Scribble Ink’s Writers Workshop! More than 40 members of the Beckton Community took part in the creation of ‘Scribble: A Christmas Story.’ Loosely based on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' this weird and wonderful tale explains how the christmas festival became an annual phenomenon in 'The Land of Beckton.'

The aim of the game was for all passers by to become a writer, by transforming the story outline into a well rounded tale by adding a line to the ever evolving piece. They were free to jot down whatever they pleased providing the last word of the previous line was the first word of theirs.Their work (aptly written on a christmas decoration) was then added to our huge tinsel line which hovered over facts about Christmas and the history of Beckton for their inspiration.

Another good thing to come out of the experience was seeing the individuals pride when their writing was added to the tinsel line. Those with special needs and/or a fear of writing left the stall with more confidence . One lady who initially was reluctant to write anything because of her dyslexia took a step back as she watched her work go up an said to herself; “I did that.”

As the day drew to a close, quite a few parents approached the stand and were keen to learn more about Scribble Ink. Like me, they too believe the summer holidays in particular, is a long time for children to go without practicing any reading or writing . A few made suggestions for workshops they’d love to see in the near future. There are no prizes for guessing that 2012 will be a busy year for Scribble!

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

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