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Inside the neo-gothic library

Gothic Creative Writing

Cost: Free
Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for: Suitable for years 7 to A-level

Use the beautiful architecture of our neo-gothic building as inspiration for creative writing.  Practice fiction techniques, used by writers, to create a bank of descriptions; learn how to develop realistic characters, and create atmospheric prose.

Gothic Creative Writing Teacher Info Sheet.pdf

[preparing the pages for a new book]


Cost: Free
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Suitable for: Years 7-10

Available week commencing 2 July 2018.

Join us to have a go at making a full sewn book, exploring the techniques binders used put together the books that sit on the Library shelves.

This is one of our most popular sessions and offers a real sense of achievement for pupils who will take away a hardback book they have created.

Please contact us for further information on availability and booking.

Bookmaking Teacher Info Sheet.pdf

[exploring the passages]

Library tour

Cost: Free
Duration: Between 30 minutes and 1 hour
Suitable for: Years 7-10

Tour the Library with a member of the education team and learn more about its fascinating history.

Combine the tour with any of our workshops below or as a stand alone activity.

[Green man]

The Art of Pencil Sketching

Cost: Free
Duration: Variable
Suitable for: Y7 to A-Level

Are you looking for a unique and inspiring place to bring your art students for sketching?  

Then look no further than The John Rylands Library.  We have a wealth of stone and wood carvings, Art Nouveau metalwork, plaster ceiling designs, statues and stained glass windows to keep artists busy.

An information sheet is available to view or download as a PDF:

The Art of Pencil Sketching - Teacher Info Sheet 03-2016.pdf

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