South Gloucestershire pupils help create Olympics-inspired book
A BOOK created by primary school children in South Gloucestershire was launched at Waterstones at The Mall shopping centre in Cribbs Causeway.
Gathering of the Winds was created by artists Matthew Jeanes and Martin Maudsley along with pupils from St Chad's Patchway, Charborough Road, Callicroft, Holy Family, Coniston, Wheatfield, Meadowbrook and St Michael's Stoke Gifford.
The book was created as part of the Fusion Festival organised by Patchway Community College and funded by Arts Council England. The stories were inspired by the Olympic windsurfing and sailing events in Portland and Weymouth, with the children inventing the characters.
Richard Headon, the artistic director for the South West Weymouth Olympic events, said: "The Gathering of the Winds book was exactly the sort of project we hoped would be created as part of the South West region-wide Cultural Olympiad 'Battle for the Winds' celebration of the Olympic sailing at Weymouth and Portland in 2012.
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"Both the artists and the school children involved really embraced the theme of the gathering the winds. Martin and Matt really inspired the children to create some wonderful windy tales illustrated by some fantastic and energetic images.
"It was great to be able to connect local young people with such a prestigious and international event."
The launch event at Waterstones was attended by head teachers and governors of the schools involved.