Malcolm weaves his magic

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with Malcolm the Weaver, the colourful character from the Weaver of a Life in Colour children’s book. Written by SDC member Malcolm Campbell and published by the SDC, the book introduces children to the world of colour and textiles.

SDC recently ran a colouring competition for children entitled ‘Children’s Cool Colouring Challenge’, based on the characters from the original book, and we were overwhelmed by the standard of entries.

Evonna's winning entry

Evonna’s winning entry

The competition winners were Alice Blackburn (aged 4) from Woodlands Infant School in Tonbridge, Kent and Evonna Ying Ga Leung (aged 7) from Garnetbank Primary School in Glasgow.

Winners of the competition received an exclusive reading of Weaver of a Life in Colour and educational colour and textiles talk for their school. Author Malcolm Campbell went to Garnetbank Primary School in Glasgow and Richard Ashworth, Colour Experience Manager visited Woodlands Infant School in Kent

Garnetbank Primary School is culturally diverse with 250 pupils speaking an incredible 27 different first languages! A weaving project has been started following on from Evonna’s involvement with the competition.

Alison Douglas, Year 3 Primary Teacher at Garnetbank Primary School, commented, “thank you for a lovely afternoon thinking and talking about colour. Your book is a popular read in the class library.”

Both winners also received a signed copy of Weaver of a Life in Colour, weaving loom, knitting dolly, colour changing pencil and Colour Experience goodies as their prizes.

The runners up came from St Agnes Catholic Primary School in London, Woodlands Infant School in Kent, Delhi Public School in Delhi, India and New Park School in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Congratulations to all the children – we loved looking through your entries and had a difficult time choosing the winners!

Alice's winning entry

Alice’s winning entry

Hot on the heels of the competition, and to celebrate World Book Day, 140 children at schools in Bradford and Harrogate received surprise visits from the Colour Experience team and Malcolm Campbell.

Year 2 children at Lower Fields Primary School in Bradford were delighted to learn all about Malcolm’s life as a weaver, colour and textiles with a reading of the book, a screening of the CBeebies Programme ‘My Story’ and finding out about their favourite colours.

Claire Clayton, Acting Assistant Headteacher and Literacy Co-ordinator at Lower Fields Primary School said, “We were delighted to welcome the Colour Experience team to Lower Fields as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Their contribution helped to raise the profile of reading which we are committed to as a school. The Year 2 teachers are already talking about how they can use the book in lessons. They were telling me about the book that is about to be released which would link really well with their next topic of nocturnal animals.”

Following on from Malcolm’s World Book Day visit, Julia Davis, teacher at St Peter’s Church of England Primary School commented, “thank you again for your fantastic presentation – all the children and staff loved it. We are looking forward to having copies of the book in school to extend their learning.”

Malcolm talks to the children

Malcolm talks to the children

The second book in the series has recently been published, a flipbook containing two stories: The Rainbow that Mixed Colours and The Moon that Shone Dark.

Sharon Campbell, the illustrator of the books (and daughter of Malcolm) is coming from her home in New Zealand to join Malcolm for the national Arts Week campaign activities at St Peters to further extend the educational work with schools. Look out for future blogs with further updates!

Weaver of a Life in Colour and the new book in the series, The Rainbow that Mixed Colours and The Moon that Shone Dark, are available to buy from SDC’s online shop.

To find out more about SDC’s Colour Experience activities, take a look at our website.

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