We've been to Greenbelt! Noah and I were very chuffed to be asked to do three sessions: a talk about writing the book collaboratively in the Literature strand of the festival, and two Experiment sessions in the Youth venue.
|Noah at our book signing|
We were joined in the Youth venue by our friend Anne Bennett, who has tried many of these ideas out with the young offenders she works with. She also brought new ideas that she had developed.
|The Den at Greenbelt: youth silently doing prayer experiments|
We had a great time, especially in the sessions in the youth venue, the Den! We tried four of the experiments over the weekend.
First, we tried Bible colouring. We printed out several individual sheets from http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk/
(these are free to use).
|Bible colouring table with youth concentrating hard|
We also had a design from http://www.lindisfarne-scriptorium.co.uk/ (which we bought a copyright licence for from the website) printed onto an A0 banner which everyone joined together in colouring in with sharpies. This led to an hour of almost freakish near-silence in the Den! And it was beautiful.
|Girl placing a clay figure onto green 'field' to add to the field of people listening to the Sermon on the Mount|
Third, we had labyrinths - a wooden one, a felt one, and paper photocopies to colour in or follow round with a pen. And finally, prayer beads - we were literally wrestling these away from the young people when we ran out of time at the end of the allotted slot!
|Hand following a labyrinth with a pen whilst wearing prayer beads|
Oh, and the book sold out in G-Books!