Farm life through young eyes is booked

CHILDREN INSPIRED to write about the animals of Newham City Farm are having their work published in a glossy booklet in the next few weeks.

The anthology, published by charity Community Links, is a collection of writing and art from youngsters who attended a creative workshop over the summer holidays at the farm in Beckton.

The poems, stories, drawings and plays were the result of games which were devised by Writer-In-Residence Jim Kenworth.

Titled “Close Encounters at Community Links Newham City Farm”, the book will be available to the parents of the children for free.

Jim said: “I had one thing in mind when I developed the writing exercises in this book; forget ‘facts’ for a bit, unleash the imagination instead.”

He added: “I hope writers on farms catches on, it’s a unique way of fostering and developing a child’s wonder and curiosity of animals and nature through the power of words and individual imagination.”

“Close Encounters at Community Links Newham City Farm” will be launched at the end of January at the Newham Bookshop in Canning Town.