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‘Play Me a Story’ seeks children’s words and pictures to set to music

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Award-winning children’s author Máire Zepf, musicians from the Ulster Orchestra and Cultúrlann Mac Adam Ó Fiaich are set to collaborate on ‘Play Me a Story, an innovative new project which will set children’s words and pictures to newly composed music.

Máire is inviting primary school children to contribute their most imaginative stories and pictures which musicians  Ralph Tartaglia and Jonathan Simmance from the Ulster Orchestra will then set to music and perform in a special video.

Explaining the inspiration behind the project, Máire says:

“As artists and arts organisations we have had to explore new ways of engaging people with our art forms during the pandemic.  I loved the idea of telling a story through music and am delighted that Ralph and Jonathan used one of my stories – ‘Rita Wants a Robot’ – as inspiration for their first ‘Play Me a Story’ piece.

That turned out so well that we’re now inviting primary school children to get involved too!  There are no limitations – you can write about anything you like, in a story of any length, in English or Irish.  All you need is a beginning, a middle and an end for the story and a picture so that the musicians can see what you’re seeing when you write. 

Ralph, Jonathan and I will then select the two most inspiring stories – one in English and one in Irish – and will work with the young authors to bring them to life through music, reading and a professional video.”

To enter your story for consideration for the ‘Play Me a Story’ project, simply:

Send your story and pictures, along with your name and age to myra@quotidian.ie  by 15th November 2020.

Stories can be typed or handwritten (scanned/photographed).

Please include a picture (or more than one if you can) to illustrate your story.

Submission of entries to the ‘Play Me a Story’ project will be taken to indicate that the entrant agrees with the rules and conditions of the competition and are happy for their stories and pictures to be made into a video to be shared online.

For further information on ‘Play Me a Story’, visit www.quotidian.ie

‘Play Me a Story’ is a collaborative venture between Cultúrlann Mac Adam Ó Fiaich, the Ulster Orchestra and Quotidian – Word on the Street. It is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and through National Lottery funds.


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