Monika’s Story- Memories of the Bombing of Dresden

Posted on: 21st October 2014 1 Comment
Video ThumbnailAs a girl in wartime Germany, Monika lived through the bombing of Dresden. In this moving story, she recalls some of her experiences of this time. Made to support a series of workshops based on the Michael Morpurgo book 'An Elephant in the Garden,' Monika's story contains some striking similarities to that of Elizabeth the young girl in the book. This film was made to support a series of workshops for 'Upon My Word', part of 'Extreme Imagination,' Exeter's festival of writing for and by young people. This event has been developed in partnership with DAISI (Devon Arts in Schools Initiative), University of Exeter Graduate School of Education Department and Exeter Northcott Theatre. For more about Storylines visit www.cornishstories.com

Over the past couple of months, Ali has been busy working with Year 6 children in 3 Devon Primary Schools to produce creative writing and artwork in response to Michael Morpugo’s book ‘An Elephant in the Garden.

monokanowTo support this work we were lucky enough to meet the wonderful Monika, to hear her story and make this short film. As a girl in wartime Germany, Monika lived through the bombing of Dresden and in this film, she recalls some of her experiences of this time. It’s amazing how similar Monika’s story is to that of Elizabeth, the young girl in the book. This is something that the children had in mind whilst watching this, spotting the links between the 2 stories.

We will post photos of the work within schools, as well as images of the (amazing!) artwork produced soon…. watch this space!

These workshops were for ‘Upon My Word,’ part of  ‘Extreme imagination,’ Exeter’s festival of writing for and by young people. This event has been developed in partnership with DAISI ( Devon Arts in Schools Initiative ), University of Exeter Graduate School of Education Department and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

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  1. […] Michael Morpurgo’s book ‘An Elephant in the Garden‘ and Monika’s true story of the bombing of Dresden as inspiration, year 6 children from 3 Devon Primary Schools worked with Storylines’ Ali to […]

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