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Eight Legged Nature Trail
|Open: 10am-12.30pm. Meet at the Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HF
This venue has level access.
Come and join Eight Legged Horse as we illustrate the natural world of Walthamstow Marshes and learn how to write a Viking Kenning to accompany your creations. Upload your pictures and kennings to our interactive nature map using the hashtag #Eight17 on Instagram or Twitter and see if we can chart the wildlife of the marshes!
What is a Kenning?
Kennings are riddle-like phrases used by Viking and Anglo-Saxon poets to refer to or describe something without naming it directly. For example, a crow becomes a ‘swan of blood’, a snake is described as a ‘valley-trout’. The technique is easy to learn and after a small demonstration children can easily create their own.
Who is Eight Legged Horse?
Erica Read works as a freelance illustrator with a keen interest in illustrating British wildlife. She is also a conservator and has worked for the Natural History Museum and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.
Emma Hammond is an experimental poet with her second book coming out this year. She mentors at the Ministry of Stories and ran a series of workshops about the Kenning in conjunction with Cambridge University.
Mairead Preece is a creative web developer, specialising in exciting interactive experiences. When not making websites Mairead likes to make other things: Costume design, Set design, Game design and other toys.
What if I can’t make the events?
If you can't make the events then we would love for you to still take part by exploring the marshes yourself and drawing or writing your own kennings. Don’t forget to let us see them using the hashtag #Eight17.
Where, what, who?
Meet us at the Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HF . Bring Something to lean on! A clipboard would work well. Pencils and colouring pencils would also be great, though we will have a limited supply. All ages are welcome from 4+. Although this is a family event, everyone can take part.
Suitable for all.
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Artist retains copyright of all original artworks.