Tale of the Unexpected


It’s time to tell our story - that is the theme for Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture and this summer, from Monday 1 August – Saturday 17 September, Kirkby Gallery will be transformed into a giant walk-through story book, with 21 different poems and stories written by over 500 primary school pupils from 16 Knowsley schools. Tale of the Unexpected will offer visitors a unique opportunity to take a journey through the fantastic imaginations of local school children.

The exhibition has been created through a five-month programme of teacher-assisted sessions led by creative writer Susan Comer, to help and inspire primary school pupils to produce a story or poem inspired by the area of Knowsley they live in, whether that’s historical landmarks, local people or an urban myth.

The resulting stories written by the children have featured a wide variety of themes, ranging from The War Horse in Halewood to a Viking called Sven and even Stephenson’s Rocket.

Kirkby Gallery is open Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm), Saturdays 10am – 1pm (last entry at 12.30pm). You will find it on the first floor of The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8XY.

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Knowsley schools taking part are:

  • Halewood C of E Primary School
  • Eastcroft Park Primary
  • Huyton with Roby
  • Westvale Primary
  • St Peter & St Pauls
  • St Michaels and All Angels
  • St Maries Catholic Primary
  • St Marys and St Pauls CP School
  • St Laurences CP School
  • Ravenscroft Community Primary School
  • St Joseph the Worker
  • Park Brow Community Primary School
  • Millbrook Community Primary School
  • Meadow Park Primary
  • Malvern Primary School
  • Kirkby C of E Primary School

The work supporting the schools was funded by The Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust.