Visit to Elmlea Junior School – 30 th  March 2010 How a 16 line poem became a 330 page book
“ She with some infernal magic rife, Entwined her needles with my passing life.” From the poem “The Knitter” By John Malla...
The Author….a few years ago!
My Father in the Home Guard, World War 2
Germany invades Poland on Sep 1 Britain declares war on Sep 3
My dad playing some music to my son and daughter (around 1985)
"I shall pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any h...
“ She with some infernal magic rife, Entwined her needles with my passing life.” From the poem “The Knitter” By John Malla...
“ The Knitter” herself – my mum Finally gets into her local newspaper at  96 years old!
“ The Chapper-Up ” “ Should you lie a wee while before rising Tae jump right away you are loth The pow’r o’ his lungs is s...
“ Wee Ann’s Fairies” “ Down the chimney, ‘ neath the door through the keyhole more and more”
Visit to Elmlea Junior School – 30 th  March 2010 A Few Final Thoughts <ul><li>Don’t judge people from appearances </li></...
“ L earn  as if you were to live forever.”    Mahatma Gandhi Visiting 10 Downing Street in 1931 A Final Thought From Mahat...
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Elmlea Schools Final Mar2010

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First talk given to a school on the story of what led to the book &quot;The Knitter&quot;.

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Elmlea Schools Final Mar2010

  1. 1. Visit to Elmlea Junior School – 30 th March 2010 How a 16 line poem became a 330 page book
  2. 2. “ She with some infernal magic rife, Entwined her needles with my passing life.” From the poem “The Knitter” By John Mallaghan (Snr.) What I Hope to do … .All in 45 minutes! <ul><li>Tell some interesting stories </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about my book “The Knitter” and what inspired it </li></ul><ul><li>– and read some short extracts </li></ul><ul><li>Convince you that poems can be the most powerful way </li></ul><ul><li>to tell stories, share memories – and preserve them. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire some of you to want to write! </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Author….a few years ago!
  4. 4. My Father in the Home Guard, World War 2
  5. 5. Germany invades Poland on Sep 1 Britain declares war on Sep 3
  6. 6. My dad playing some music to my son and daughter (around 1985)
  7. 7. &quot;I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.&quot;  Mahatma Gandhi
  8. 8. “ She with some infernal magic rife, Entwined her needles with my passing life.” From the poem “The Knitter” By John Mallaghan (Snr.) What the poem “The Knitter” means to me: <ul><li>The importance of memories, and keeping them alive. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of families, and others close to us, to help us make sense of our own lives </li></ul><ul><li>Knitting as a great metaphor for life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting out from a very simple beginning, where everything looks almost the same. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full of potential, impossible to tell what it might turn into. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With the right help and simple actions, the simple beginning can turn into something complex and beautiful </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. “ The Knitter” herself – my mum Finally gets into her local newspaper at 96 years old!
  10. 10. “ The Chapper-Up ” “ Should you lie a wee while before rising Tae jump right away you are loth The pow’r o’ his lungs is surprising And the whole villages kens yer sloth”
  11. 11. “ Wee Ann’s Fairies” “ Down the chimney, ‘ neath the door through the keyhole more and more”
  12. 12. Visit to Elmlea Junior School – 30 th March 2010 A Few Final Thoughts <ul><li>Don’t judge people from appearances </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone, and every family has stories to tell </li></ul><ul><li>– discover them and keep the memories alive. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a story to tell – don’t wait for someone else to tell it! </li></ul>Write that book or those poems yourself!
  13. 13. “ L earn as if you were to live forever.”  Mahatma Gandhi Visiting 10 Downing Street in 1931 A Final Thought From Mahatma Gandhi

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