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Trails Mid-Wales – writing for children


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Trails Mid-Wales – writing for children

Following one of our digital media workshops we were approached by Powys County Council to write 3 pilot trails for their app ‘Trails Mid-Wales’. The feedback was so positive they asked us to produce nine more!

I absolutely LOVE it! so much so that we want more like this!!!! Pretty Please.

Hazel Bowen, Tourism Support Officer, Powys County Council

The twelve trails, aimed at the over 50s and/or families, were written ” to enlighten our audience with rich and interactive interpretation of the area.” We used location-based stories and poems to bring the children’s trails to life.

Below are extracts from three of the family trails:

 Erwood Trail – Stop 6

The Dipper

The Dipper

 

I like to hunt in rivers. I like to eat small fish.
The baby nymphs of mayflies is another favourite dish
I swim under the water, go fishing with my beak.
So I’m not your usual perching bird, in fact I’m quite unique.

I’m smaller than a blackbird. I build a mossy nest
I’m bigger than a robin; I have a pure white chest
My legs are rather chunky; the rest of me’s dark brown.
I get my name because I’m always bobbing up and down.

Who am I?

Pont Llogel Trail – Stop 1

Ben and Grandad at Pont Llogel

Ben and Grandad at Pont Llogel

 

A silver car swung into the car park disturbing a flock of small birds that were feeding on the ground. A young boy sat on the back seat pressed his nose to the window to watch them disappear up into the trees that surrounded the car park.

The engine stopped and an old man stepped from the car. He slipped on a jacket and opened the rear door of the car. The eager young boy grabbed his grandfather’s hands and jumped from the car, landing with a crunch.

“Was this where your Grandpa used to bring you, Grandad?” questioned Ben

“Yes, yes it was. We’ll see exactly where presently” came the reply.

“Did it look like this?”

“Some of it has changed.” Ben’s grandfather replied.

“Why did he like it here?”

“My Grandpa, your Great, Great Grandfather used to come fishing here. He taught me so much about the wildlife along this river.”

“Just like you’re going to tell me?

“I’ll try.” And patted the young boy’s head. “Let’s walk past these information boards and along the track until we reach the red waymark disc.”

We loved your style of writing and the ideas that you have in appealing to children through your poems and stories.

Hazel Bowen, Tourism Support Officer, Powys County Council

Builth Wells Trail – Stop 1

Time traveller Ceith

Time traveler Ceith

 

Bore Da, my name is Ceith. During one of my wilder experiments I seem to have somehow exported myself into the 21st century… Before I see too much I must return to 500 AD – a time before this settlement existed.

I believe that by using this handheld device I can be returned to the past, but I require a young mind to achieve this goal; someone with hunger to seek out and unravel the history of this town…You will be richly rewarded. As you complete the challenges I will reveal the story of this town to you and explain the origins of its name. Furthermore the elder in your group shall reward you with a refreshing beverage and a large slice of cake from one of the many hostelries in this town they now call Builth Wells.

We have much work to do. As you can see I am dressed in clothes of your time. I can only be successfully returned to the past when my true clothes adorn my body. To begin this quest we must take you to the stone circle to channel and fine tune your energy.

 

Illustrations by Warren Osbourne





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