The Curse of Weisdale Mill A Story Retold in Words and Pictures
12 December 2012
Just in time for Christmas is the arrival
on the shelves of a brilliant story, told in words and pictures, by
twelve Shetland bairns. The Curse of Weisdale Mill is a
contemporary telling of the legends that surround the murky history
of the Weisdale Mill, home to Bonhoga Gallery.
On a deathly dark night in November this
year Shetland Arts ran a spooky story-telling and creative
workshop, led by teacher Ria Moncrieff and visiting artist and
writer Sally Kindberg. The twelve children who took part, ranging
in age from seven to fourteen years old, were told the original
history of the mill and documented accounts of the fates that
befell some of the workers there. After discussion and spooky
snacks (jelly 'brains' and chocolate fingers) the budding artists
and writers began the retelling of the story using their own vivid
imaginations to bring the story alive.
Ria then took each piece of writing and
tied it all together with additional facts from the historical
accounts she researched in the Shetland Museum and Archives.
Shetland Arts then combined these words and the pictures from the
night and have turned it into a spectacular little storybook, for
anyone with an interest in the dark side…
Jane Matthews of Shetland Arts said, 'it's
a brilliant book and a perfect last minute gift for Christmas. I am
so proud of the talent and effort that each of the twelve children
put into the retelling of the story and their illustrations are
The book will be available at Bonhoga Gallery from next
Tuesday, while each of the bairns involved will receive a
complimentary copy in the post. Angela Smith, Duty Manager at
Bonhoga, announced that the flurry of literary excitement will
coincide with a pre-Christmas sale in the shop, a perfect chance to
pick up last minute gifts and decorations before the gallery, shop
and café close for the festive break on Sunday 23rd
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