The Mount Airy Public Library is holding a unique, free opportunity to energize creativity on Monday and Tuesday, with a Photograph Walk-a-Bout and Creative Writing Workshop, all inspired by the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” written by American author Ransom Riggs.
For World Book Night, the library gave away 20 copies of the novel, and Angela Llewellyn of the Mount Airy Public Library said the giveaway was successful, and she hoped people would be inspired by what she described as a “wonderful book.”
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” contains many photographs collected by the author, Riggs, who originally intended to publish a picture book, but was persuaded to write a story around the pictures. Riggs was a collector of photographs found at places like yard sales, flea markets, vintage shops. The resulting novel is about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs, that lead him to an abandoned orphanage and the truth about his past.
The story behind how the book was written was the impetus for the walk-a-bout and creative writing class, Llewellyn said. The Photography Walk-a-Bout will take place on Monday, starting at 6 p.m. Members of the Nonesuch Playmakers will wear costumes, and Llewellyn said they would be posed in various locations. Those who meet at the library for the walk-a-bout will have the opportunity to photograph the playmakers in costumes. The group will then walk around the neighborhood around the library, taking pictures of objects, landscapes, buildings, and even those dressed in costume who are able to join the walk.
Photographs will be used as the inspiration for the Creative Writing Workshop on Tuesday, which starts at 6 p.m. Those in the class will use their photographs, and photographs Llewellyn passes around (taken the night before at the walk-a-bout), in order to craft stories “around” the photographs, just like the process Ransom Riggs undertook when writing “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”
“We want people to get ideas of the different things that inspire them,” Llewellyn said. “We might swap pictures around, and/or hand multiple pictures out and those in the workshop can write stories based on the pictures, or use their favorite pictures to craft their own stories.”
It’s fine if people cannot attend on Monday night for the Photography Walk-a-Bout, or vice-versa, Llewellyn said. “Hopefully people who come on Monday night will agree to share their pictures with us, and we will have extras for those who can only attend on Tuesday night.”
The Photography Walk-a-Bout and Creative Writing Workshop is recommended for age 12 and older, and Llewellyn said she wanted to encourage adults to attend, friends, those interested in photography and writing, and anyone wanting a creativity boost. Those who attend the Photography Walk-a-Bout on Monday at 6 p.m. should bring their own cameras.
“We are mixing photography and writing and hopefully this might be a new way for people to express themselves. I really look forward to seeing all the pictures. It’s going to be a fun evening, and will take place rain or shine, so bring your umbrellas if it’s raining. Plus, rain might create some good atmosphere.”
For more information, call the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5198.
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