My nan has had a lot of nicknames. I think it’s definitely something about her generation that they haven’t always been called by the names they were born with. I had to create a layout about this as I think it’s fascinating, I know a lot of people have nicknames when they’re at school etc, but it’s wierd to think of being called by a different name almost your whole life. Here’s the layout (click photo to enlarge, scroll down this post for journaling):
‘Ann Crawte was christened Margaret Ann Bullen, in the year of her birth, 1935. But when she was still very young her brothers began to call her ‘Maggie’ – and her mum didn’t like this abbreviation, saying ‘it’s not her name’. So her mum called her by her middle name ‘Ann’ instead, as that can’t be shortened.
She’s been known mostly as Ann ever since (‘Ann’ might have been chosen because she had an Auntie called Annie).
Ann also had the nickname ‘Feenie’, which her dad started and the other’s in her family picked up too; and the nickname ‘Pap’ was given to her by her future husband Jeff, though they can’t remember why! xxx’
I have many stories about my grandparents so they’ll be some more layouts of them!
I had a good time this weekend with Rosie, running the creative writing course for kids. It was very tiring too though!
Everyone made up a character to be on the Saturday, when we went exploring. They all had a bit of costume to help remind them of their character, and to encourage them to think about how their character would feel in the setting or situation we were in. Of course me and Rosie had a character too, we wouldn’t ask the kids to do anything we’re afraid of doing! My character was Agatha Cotton, a wandering storyteller. Here I am in my costume on the walk across the Mendip hills in Somerset:
And here’s some of the fantasy worlds the kids made from junk and mod-rock, to base their stories in. It’s a great way to make them think big when imagining settings for their stories, and to give them a visual stimulus for their descriptions:
I was covered in plaster and paint for a lot of the weekend! xxx