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PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

Getting together... young and old have a 'Magic Me' calendar date

Getting together... young and old have a 'Magic Me' calendar date

SCHOOLKIDS and pensioners caught on camera’ in London’s East End are being featured in a New Year calendar. It has been created as part of a project by an arts charity to get the generations of old and young talking to each other

SCHOOLKIDS and pensioners caught on camera’ in London’s East End are being featured in a New Year calendar.

It has been created as part of a project by the arts charity Magic Me to get the generations of old and young talking to each other.

Weekly workshops at Bethnal Green run by the charity’s artists Susan Langford and Pete Lawson have brought together 17 participants from different generations and diverse backgrounds to share their life experiences.

They exchanged stories about events and changes in their lives, including their first day at school, or when they moved to a new home.

They selected 12 scenes—along with props, costumes, and layouts—to illustrate their ideas and worked with photographer Lianne Harris for a photo shoot.

Pensioner Lilly Wright was surprised how easily she could talk to the teenagers, she admitted.

“You get a wrong impression outside and reading the newspapers,” she now realises.

It was the same for the kids like 15-year-old Christopher Wheeler, who worked in the project with older people he hadn’t previously met and found he became less shy.

“It defeated my nerves and shyness,” he explained. “I also liked the acting side in the photos and noticed that everybody got better and better.”

The calendars are £5, with a discount on 10 copies or more, from Magic Me’s office in Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green, or online at:

www.magicme.co.uk

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