Praise for spooky book written by 100 Norfolk primary school children for architecture festival

Schoolchildren from White Woman Lane Primary School, who took part in creating an architecture theme

Schoolchildren from White Woman Lane Primary School, who took part in creating an architecture themed book called The Cold Old Old Lady House. From left, front, Laura Stafford, 10; Ammar Hameed, 10; and Emilie Brown, 10. Back, Molly Albrow, 10; Amina Begum, 10; and Katie Labon, 10. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

It was named after a pair of socks, features a toilet seat covered in fancy cheese, and ends with a creepy cliffhanger. Welcome to an experimental book written by more than 100 Norfolk children.

Norfolk schoolchildren who took part in creating an architecture themed book called The Cold Old Old

Norfolk schoolchildren who took part in creating an architecture themed book called The Cold Old Old Lady House. Organiser Liz Harris, with her daughter Lily, 11, who represented Cantley and Horning Primary Schools. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The yarn, entitled Cold Old Old Lady House, is the result of a project that saw 14 primary schools join forces to celebrate the Festival of Architecture Norfolk and Norwich 2015.

The story tells the adventures of Ben, an eight-year-old boy with a speech impediment, as he slipped out of his home to visit his Nanny's decaying mansion, only to be followed by his little sister, Tasha, who transformed the property while he slept.

The young authors were given their first sight of the finished product at a ceremony on Saturday at the Forum in Norwich, where those from Great Witchingham Primary won a special mention for their memorable contribution to Tasha's efforts: the cheesy toilet seat.

Ammar Hameed, 10, from White Woman Lane School, Sprowston, contributed a line on page 35, and said: 'I just let my imagination go wild, and thought what I would be like in that situation.'

Norfolk schoolchildren, and a teacher representing her school, who took part in creating an architec

Norfolk schoolchildren, and a teacher representing her school, who took part in creating an architecture themed book called The Cold Old Old Lady House. With organiser Liz Harris, back centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015


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He said he particularly liked the spooky cliff-hanger at the end of the story, and hoped there would be a sequel so people could find out what happens next.

The project was the idea of Liz Harris, of Parsons + Whittley Architects, of Swaffham, who sent the schools a pack of information and activities to start them thinking about architecture.

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The writing process was inspired by the parlour game Consequences, with each school writing a section of the book, before it was all woven together and illustrated.

She said that the unusual title of the book came from her eight-year-old son William's description of a new pair of socks.

Her daughter Lily, who took part when she was a Year 6 pupil at Cantley Primary School last year, said: 'I think it's really cool, and I love the illustrations. We have got an actual book we have written that has been published.'

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