Author attends workshop bringing young and old together

Author Isabelle King hosted a book workshop at Brooklands Care Home in Norwich, which was attended b

Author Isabelle King hosted a book workshop at Brooklands Care Home in Norwich, which was attended by schoolchildren from Mile Cross Primary School. Picture: Suzanna Hammond - Credit: Suzanna Hammond

A local author attended an intergenerational workshop with care home residents and schoolchildren ranging from ages nine to 97.

The workshop at Brooklands Care Home, Costessey Lane, Norwich, on May 4 was hosted by author Isabelle King.

It marked Children's Book Week and brought together 14 children from Mile Cross Primary School with 18 residents from the home.

The school polled the children to find out their favourite books, with Matilda by Roald Dahl, Charlotte's Webb by EB White, Harry Potter by JK Rowling and The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson topping the list.

Ms King read from one of her favourite books - Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox - and children from Year 5 also read extracts from their favourite books.

Julia Chapman-Wright, manager of Brooklands, said: "Preparing for this workshop and running the poll in the home has really stimulated some interesting discussion and rekindled happy childhood memories."

Ms King, whose latest book Once Upon a Street - Norfolk Stories for Children has just been published, said: "What a lovely way to bring people of all ages together through stories."

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Suzanne Healing, teacher at Mile Cross Primary School, commented on how much the children had enjoyed visiting Brooklands and how important reading is to children.

Resident Jean Sayer, 97, said: "Reading books was my favourite hobby as a child, and has been throughout my life - especially Tom's Midnight Garden."

Colin Shield, 81, who had the children enthralled as he read to them from one of the residents favourite books, was a teacher until he retired.

He said: "Hearing the children read brought back memories of myself and my wife working together with similar age groups of children."

Rosalie Fulbrook, 82, said: "I was quite a swot, and always had my head in a book as you could lose yourself in them. Enid Blyton was my favourite author."

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