The snails are doing really well and getting ready for the Ilkley Literature Festival in October .. flexing their muscles, preparing for the children. In the meantime, it’s an exciting time for schools as we prepare to visit two primary schools, both St. Mary’s, one in Chiddingfold, the other in Frensham.
With these misty mornings and the sun still warm, Bob and Gary, the giant African land snails, are busy eating their way through cucumbers and cabbages. Hibernation is a long way away. Have you ever seen a giant African land snail eat a lettuce leaf? Have you ever heard one crunching on cuttlefish? They are extraordinary molluscs. Go and see one today. Ask at your local pet shop if they can get one in. Apart from making the most amazing pets, they are great for inspiring writers.
To the children at St. Mary’s, cover your ears and close your eyes, then try and think what it might be like to get from your classroom out into the playground without being able to hear or see. Why? Because snails are quite blind and rather deaf. Ever wondered why they move so slowly out on the garden path?
If you’re in Ilkley for the Literature Festival, then come and see us on Sunday 9th October at 5.15, Ilkley Playhouse Wharfeside. You’d be amazed what you can learn from a snail.
Bye for now.
…. is appearing at the Ilkley Literature Festival
Fringe with her interactive session, ‘Inspiration in a Tank’
for children and grown-ups. Ilkley Playhouse Wharfeside,
Sunday 9th October @ 5.15 pm. Hand wipes will be provided.