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Tales of Auld Reekie

Storytelling workshops bring Old Edinburgh alive for children.

Nov 26, 2010

As part of the on-going Auld Reekie learning campaign, storyteller Tim Porteous led storytelling workshops for primary schools last week.

The workshops were based around three stories featuring the adventures of Jenny and Johnny, young orphans making a living as caddies in Georgian Edinburgh. Each story brings alive a different aspect of life in Auld Reekie, as the characters play games in the closes and turnpike stairs, and meet some famous people.

Primary schools from across Edinburgh and Fife joined in, with a total of 175 pupils taking part. Feedback was very good from both teachers and pupils.

“The session was superb!  It entirely fulfilled its expected objectives and my class (and I!) thoroughly enjoyed it.  Tim really brought the characters to life for us...we went for a walk to see some of the places mentioned in the stories, which I felt made everything even more meaningful for the children.  I wouldn't change anything - it really was a fantastic visit!” Penny Browning, P4 Class teacher, Abbeyhill Primary School.

An Old Town street scene inspired by the stories. Johnny steals Lord Braxfield's wig whilst Jenny empties a chamber pot from her tenement window - with nasty results below.

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