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York Primary Schools tell Parallel Stories in Illustrative Prints: Parables for our Time

Archbishop of York's Junior School
York, YO23 2QT
Wednesday 15 June at 1.30pm

Pupils from six primary schools in York are taking part in a series of workshops, entitled 'Parallel Stories: Parables for our Time', which explores the history, art and culture within the King James Bible, as part of its 400th anniversary, which takes place this year. The project is led by The National Centre for Early Music as part of the first York Festival of Ideas, a partnership between the NCEM, the University of York, York Theatre Royal, and York Museums Trust.

'Parallel Stories: Parables for our Time' involves Archbishop of York's Junior School, Westfield, New Earswick, Woodthorpe, Park Grove and Dunnington Primary Schools.

Becky Wirtz, Class Teacher at Archbishop of York's Junior School says: "Our Year 6 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the creative approach these workshops have taken to examining the cultural background of the King James Version. Focusing on the parables within the Bible, discussing these stories and their meanings, and re-telling them in a modern setting for a present-day audience, has enabled the children to understand the Bible's significance today.

"They have also looked at how the parables are illustrated within the King James Version and have emulated the woodcutting techniques used in it to create their own illustrative prints. They are all very proud and excited that their prints will be bound into a large presentation book and displayed at the National Centre for Early Music as part of York Early Music Festival, running from 8-16 July 2011, and subsequently at Explore York Library Centre and York Minster Library as part of their A Book Fit for a King KJV exhibition."

The project, which is run by the National Centre for Early Music in partnership with the University of York Community and Volunteering Unit (Careers Service), also provides volunteering and professional development opportunities for students from the University of York. A group of eleven undergraduate and MA students from the English, Education, History of Art, and History departments have attended seminars and training sessions on the cultural, historical and artistic aspects of the project and have been responsible for carrying out workshops in the schools.

Laura Bootland and Elizabeth Cole, students from the University of York, said: "It has been a great experience to take such a central role in delivering the workshops in these schools and working with very enthusiastic and engaged groups of children and teachers. Having a real hands-on approach has provided an invaluable opportunity to develop our own teaching and leadership skills, while supporting the children's learning."
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Notes to Editors:
The York Festival of Ideas is a partnership between the University of York, York Theatre Royal and The National Centre for Early Music and York Museums Trust. The festival explores a series of intriguing links between past and present, showcasing contemporary ideas, arts and culture, and brings these ideas into conversation with the heritage of the city to reveal new and exciting stories about York, Britain and the world.

York Early Music Festival is supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Media partner BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music, Tourism partners Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council and members of the York Hoteliers Association. Visit: