During the spring and summer of 2021 I was commissioned by Falkirk Council to on the Fountain Tales project, which involved writing a series of twelve creative writing tip videos for primary school children along with an accompanying teachers’ resource pack, all of which tied into Grangemouth’s Zetland Park Regeneration Project, supported by Heritage Lottery funding. In June I worked with filmmaker Bob O’Hara to shoot the videos on location at Zetland Park, presenting the creative writing tips in the guise of a Victorian lady, an archaeologist, and a fairy, tying in to Zetland Park’s history, recent archaeological dig work, and the fairy door trail completed by local school pupils.

The videos and accompanying teaching resources cover: genre, setting and atmosphere, characterisation, narrative voice, and different forms of writing. Each video suggests a short piece of follow-up writing, culminating in a longer piece of writing which explores the missing statue from the top of the park’s Victorian fountain. The ‘Fountain Tales’ project was conceived as a way to get the children of Grangemouth engaged in their local history by means of a creative writing project, but the videos and resource pack are freely available to schools across the UK, and can be downloaded from the links below.

The videos can be viewed online for free here:

The accompanying teaching resource pack can be downloaded from the above link, or here: Fountain Tales Teaching Pack

Have a look at the gallery from the Zetland Park video shoot here:

A gallery of children’s ‘missing lady’ stories will be coming soon!