A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home – written by Addy Farmer

The North Lincolnshire Music Hub is delighted to have commissioned a wonderful story book for very young children written by local author Addy Farmer and illustrated by Louise Gardner. It is an adventure into space by three young friends who explore new planets, meet space aliens and make new friends before returning to that ‘snuggly bug place, ‘A Place Called Home’.

A successful Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding bid, alongside generous local financial backing and in-kind support from North Lincolnshire Council, has allowed for the book’s development into an exciting interactive music and story project.

Addy’s wonderful story provides many creative openings for art, movement, rhyme, music and song. The Music Hub was delighted to also commission Sue Nicholls to write a collection of catchy songs with arrangements by Hilary Miles to facilitate the story’s musical aspects.

Workshops for young children aged five and under

Young children aged 5 and under from 13 schools have been involved in creative music, story and arts workshops led by the Music Hub and Participation and Achievement team. The workshops bring the whole story to life and involve much participation including singing, moving to music and expressive interaction. The children also have the opportunity to enjoy listening to high quality instrumental accompaniments from the North Lincolnshire Music Service.

A wide variety of creative arts suggestions for young children, ideas on how to develop them in their settings, and share with parents, have been welcomed by the schools’ teachers and practitioners.

All of the children from the schools involved were really excited by the story and joined in with the songs.

One of the schools teachers involved sent this feedback: (Westwoodside CE Primary Academy)

Children in Foundation Stage at Westwoodside Church of England Academy had a wonderful time when the fabulous story-telling workshop, ‘A Place Called Home’ came to visit! Pupils have been very privileged to be one of the first schools to experience the workshop which has brought together storytelling, movement and creative ideas that are inspired by the wonderful new story ‘A Place Called Home,’ by Addy Farmer.”

“The workshop was packed full of fun, with creative music, singing and movement, which captured the children’s imagination from start to finish! The story was brought to life through the use of percussion, drama and props as pupils became rockets blasting into space. Along the way they met Pirates from Mars, Big Bobble fish and Woolly Woos before falling into a big black hole in space!” 

“During the workshop, Erica Hardy and her team (from the Music Hub at North Lincs) inspired us all with their creative ideas to develop the children’s imagination through story, singing, movement and communication. ‘I liked the bobbly fish song, with the fish and bubbles!”

Comments from pupils included:

‘I really liked the songs, like the bobble fish’

‘I liked going on a journey in the rocket’ 

‘It was amazing’

Publicity Event – 6 July 2018

The project finished with a joint schools interactive concert and book launch publicity event at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Friday 6 July. This performance of A Place Called Home included participation by the young children and their families, featured the fantastic story teller Kirsty Mead of Rhubarb Theatre and also involved music service musicians, Music Hub and Participation and Achievement practitioners.

Take a look at the Place Called Home book trailer by Addy Farmer.