Today a big, fat, juicy envelope arrived in my letterbox. It’s the start of the Pigeon’s season and the envelope was full of information about the 2010 Pigeons’ project. Soon there’ll be letters flying back and forth between my house and the Pigeons mail centre.
Pigeons is a community based group created by two dynamic young pioneers of goodness, Jenna Williams and Lachlann Carter. Last year I had the privilege of working with them on their first school-based creative writing project. It was a letter-writing, story-making adventure. I was partnered with a young writer in Grade Six at North Melbourne Primary school, Hector, and together we worked up a story through an exchange of letters, words and ideas. At the end of the year, all the stories that grew out of the project were published in a very gorgeous book.
I’m looking forward to receiving the first letter from my partner for this year, Fred, from Footscray City Primary School. Over the course of the next few months, we’ll create a story in tandem. It’s a great initiative and if last year is anything to go by, I’ll learn as much as Fred from the creative journey we’re both about to set out upon.
As I mentioned in my last blog post, small exchanges between writers can be unforgettable. I learnt from working with Hector last year that even pigeons can make a mark on history. Come to think about it, pigeons often leave a mark in very public places on great figures of history. But lets not think too literally on that tangent. Pigeons is a great initative and I can’t wait to hear from Fred and to start the process of giving wings to his ideas.