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27 May to 12 June 2016
The Pittodrie Pirates Series Book Launch @ the Arts House, 7 July 2013
Ahoy there, mateys!
On Sunday afternoon, 7 July, the Blue Room was immersed in an imaginative vibrancy that took us on an exciting adventure to explore the world of the Pittodrie Pirates.
By 3 pm, the Arts House was bustling with excitement from parents and children—and some pirates too!—streaming in. From the book display from Armour Publishing, they proceeded into the Blue Room to be seated.
The afternoon kicked off with an introductory talk by author Lynette Morrison, on why and how the Pittodrie Pirates series came about. She further explained how such a book series can be beneficial for children in their leap from picture books to text-heavy ones.
From left: Renowned storyteller, The Journey Man, author Lynette Morrison and illustrator Lee Kowling.
The Journey Man’s storytelling performance was filled with elaborate expressions of pirate characters and rich imagery. Having been told beforehand that there would be a quiz afterwards and prizes to be won, the children’s faces were rapt with anticipation as they listened. The Journey Man’s performance brought forth countless eruptions of gleeful laughter and giggles from both parents and kids alike.
After prizes were given out to those who answered quiz questions, the kids were then directed into the next room where illustrator Lee Kowling proceeded to conduct a Pittodrie Pirates art workshop, getting the kids comfortable on the floor with large sheets of paper and colour pencils. She guided them in drawing and colouring the Pittodrie Pirates, the friends they meet on their voyages and their ship, The Rainbow Guppy.
Following a second storytelling performance by The Journey Man, the kids then lined up to get Lynette’s autograph, as well as some Pittodrie Pirates tattoos and stickers. At the end of the session, each kid was given a sword-sculpted balloon, and they scampered around excitedly with each other and their new found pirate’s cutlass in hand.
With a mouth-watering tea reception by MilkBar and the Blue Room brimming with a burst of bright coloured balloons, ships and dressed-up pirates, the Pirates’ launch was a huge success – one that left behind fond memories as it cruised off into the sunset.
Above: Kowling and Lynette (with her children Lillian and Callum), with Armour Publishing’s Ian Koh and Jenny Wang.
Write up by Ruth Lim
Edited by Lu Zheng Ping