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Geography, gender and generation at Seven Stories

Dr Michael Richardson has recently been teaching with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books as part of a project funded through the School Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee

With thanks to funding from the School Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee Dr Michael Richardson, Lecturer of Human Geography here at Newcastle University, was able to work with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books in semester 1 of academic year 2017-2018.

The purpose of the collaboration was to bring together university students from GEO3135: Geographies of Gender and Generation module with local primary school children through a method of intergenerational practice. Through a series of workshops the students developed story-telling techniques, through reading methods and other creative activities, to work with particular children's books to promote messages of gender equality.

The collaboration drew the attention of Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, who came in to our second workshop to talk to the students about the gendered workplace and the Let Toys Be Toys campaign.

Rachel Pattinson, the Vital North Partnership Manager, has blogged about the work which you can read here

In addition, Michael has a paper currently under review with Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography based on this work.

A special thank you goes to the GEO3135 students and the Year 5 pupils of Hotspur Primary School.

Students and children reading a story book together
Pupils and students at the workshop

published on: 1 February 2018