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Time Will Tell: From the 50s to 00s

Time Will Tell

BBC Radio Gloucestershire celebrates the last six decades in a unique creative writing project...

Updated October 2009

From the fabulous fifties to the naughty noughties - the decade we grew up in defines our lives.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's "Time Will Tell" is a ground breaking creative writing project for secondary schools in the County, which aims to bring some of those memories to life.

School pupils talking to John Rockley

The Time Will Tell launch

This year the Cheltenham Literature Festival is 60 years old and to celebrate, six schools have been given the task of writing a short story based around one decade each - from the 1950s to the noughties. This will then be dramatised and performed by the pupils in the main auditorium of Cheltenham Town Hall during the Literature Festival on October 12th 2009.

The pupils are getting help with the project, from leading children's author Philip Ardagh and Cheltenham based actress and director Fiona Ross, who will conduct workshops in each of the schools. Plus the schools have been given an advocate - or "Decade Detective" - to visit the pupils and explain what things were like in their specific decade and really bring to life that era for the students.

We're following the progress of the schools online on this website and on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, and also running a series of features celebrating the last six decades.

'Time Will Tell' was officially launched on John Rockley's Mid Morning Show on Monday 27 April 2009. A draw was made to decide which decade each school would be covering. (Click on the link below to listen again)

Which school is doing which decade? And what are the stories' themes?

Chosen Hill School, Churchdown - 1950s (Teenage Rebellion)
The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water - 1960s ("Space Race" involving hippies)
Rednock School, Dursley - 1970s - (A detective story set at a Silver Jubilee Concert)
The Crypt School, Gloucester - 1980s (The miners' strike)
Maidenhill School, Stonehouse - 1990s (Death of Princess Diana)
Balcarras School, Charlton Kings - 2000s (9/11)

last updated: 12/10/2009 at 16:38
created: 23/04/2009

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