Storytellers are inspired by new Kirkby thrones

Published on: Monday, 26-October-2015

Hundreds of local children gathered to tell stories and perform poetry at an event inspired by the new Kirkby Thrones.

The three winged thrones, in Kirkby Civic Square, provided a fantastic backdrop for the storytelling event, which was attended by local schools, children’s centres and town centre workers. 

Each school and children’s centre group took it in turns to perform their story or poem at one of the three thrones, which are all named after birds of prey – the Osprey, Golden Eagle and American Eagle.

The stories were all written by the children themselves with support from a storyteller especially for the event, and attracted plenty of interest from passers-by as well as staff from Barclaycard, which is based just next to the Civic Square.

There were also performances from artists, poets, performers and storytellers who really brought to life the joy of storytelling in this outdoor reading experience. 

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “We wanted the thrones to inspire people to read and tell stories and it is great that the first event we’ve held in the new civic square did exactly that.

“It was a really inspiring event for the children who attended and it also drew crowds of passers-by who stopped to enjoy the storytelling, which made it a really lovely community event that I’m sure people will be talking about for a little while to come.”

Children and staff from Kirkby Children Centres held a teddy bears picnic on the grass and read stories to the crowd with plenty of audience participation from the little ones! 
The Kirkby Thrones –are part of the new public realm in Kirkby which is part of the redevelopment of Kirkby town centre. 

You can see pictures from the event on our Flickr page.