Intergenerational Reading Rooms begin at Foyleville

On Tuesday 13th September, at Foyleville Day Care Centre in Derry/Londonderry, Verbal Arts Centre began an inter-generational Reading Room project between the older members of Foyleville and Year 7 children from The Model Primary School.

The session was led by one of our amazing volunteers, Frank Rafferty. As we are leading up to a special Hallowe’en event in October we began with extracts from The BFG, a very timely choice with the 100th birthday anniversary of Roald Dahl. There were lots of lovely readers amongst the children who took it in turn to read short sections from the first couple of chapters.

We learnt all about “the witching hour” and what the BFG did with the long, thin trumpet. We wondered how fast he really did run covering “several tennis courts at a time.”

The members of Foyleville told us all about Hallowe’en in times gone by. How they wore false faces or an old bin bag or sheet with the eye holes cut out. We discovered that many of the children still play Hallowe’en games similar to the ones the members played when they were younger such as hide and seek in the dark and bobbing for apples.

Then the children sat in the story telling chair and read us some of the spooky stories they had written themselves, including one that actually did happen – scary stuff indeed!