As part of the conversations about the new community space on Knight’s Walk, along with the skill swap, we have been speaking about sitting and reading spaces and the value of books, reading and story writing.
In February we held a book swap at No.15 Knight’s Walk and introduced the idea of setting up a Little Knight’s Walk Library where people can share or borrow books. We talked about people’s favourite books, magazines, lyrics of songs and the power they have in transporting to other worlds and capturing moments in time.
We followed this conversation on with a visit to Durning Library which is down the road from Knight's Walk. Some residents stepped into this lovely grade II listed building for the first time whilst others knew it well and it was a wonderful opportunity to see what community activities are happening nearby and find out what facilities the library offers.
Finally, to complete these series of wonderful conversations about books and stories we were very lucky to have Hana Jay Klokner, a neighbour of Knight's Walk who is an author of children's books and short stories, come and run a session at No.15 with residents.
With bright yellow paper, fountain pens and even a quill we were very excited to welcome Hana to No.15 where she ran a truly inspiring session about how to write a short story. We were given excellent tips on how we might begin to write a story, whether taking a moment to write all of our thoughts down on a piece of paper or picking a page in a book and using that as a basis for a creative story.
Residents loved the opportunity to hear about this process, with Hana explaining the trajectory of how a story needs to build up to keep the reader interested and how we need to consider the characters and their journeys through the book to really give our story it's structure.
The group reminisced about some of their favourite stories whilst others were inspired by the conversation to share stories about themselves and the local area. Although we can't say that we wrote pages and pages it was a really fascinating session and made us think about what it takes to write a short story. Now that we have the tools, we will no doubt be looking at the world and our memories and stories a little differently and look forward to continuing these conversations in the coming months.
Hana Jay Klokner is an author and expert on blogging, content marketing and social media. She hosts workshops, teaches with the University of the Arts London and last year she published a children's book called 'The Girl Who Wanted to Catch a Cloud in a Marmalade Jar'. To find out more visit her website: www.hanajaywrites.com
Look out for the Little Library appearing on Knight's Walk in the next few weeks where you will also be able to borrow some books donated by Hana and contribute your own!