Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

The Shaw Centre Book Launch

A group of adults who attend The Shaw Centre which is a service for adults with learning disabilities based in Cheetham Hill, have with help from Noel Fagan and Chellie Carroll have written and illustrated 4 short children’s stories.

Initially the plan was to simply set up a creative writing group giving the group a chance to express themselves using their imaginations and words. Noel would help them formulate the sentences from their ideas and descriptions and Chellie would guide them through the illustration process.

The stories they wrote are a mixture of originals and a play on a well-known children’s story. “The Unicorn in the garden” is true happy ending fairy story; the idea and characters come from Althea and Laura’s imagination. The illustrations were skilfully drawn by Tom, Laura and Laura “Paul’s Story” is by Paul, it is his take on a trip to Blackpool. The words were brought to life by Christine and Martin.

“The Zombies of Colliers Island” was collaboration between Martin and William, both who enjoy watching films. The illustrations were done by Martin, Brian, Laura and Althea. “Pinocchio” was Christine’s follow up from the Pinocchio story we all know and love. She also illustrated it.

The final result excelled expectations and a decision was taken to self-publish the book. The aim of the book is not to make money but to raise awareness of what can be achieved by people who have limited, if any literacy skills.

Further Information

Date: Thursday 20th June 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: The Shaw Centre, Redbank House, 4 St Chad's Street, Cheetham, Manchester, M8 8QA

Thursday, 20 June 2019