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Programme 6: Places - An Anthology, 23rd October

SELB code: RF 0326 Although the series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

Following on from the last programme which examined how places got their names, this programme is an anthology in words and music celebrating a 'sense of place'. Local places, private places, special places are explored in poetry, prose and song in this broadcast. Click to Print PDF Worksheets
  • Leon McAuley encourages the pupils to explore place, real and imaginary, in a multi-sensory way. "Every trout knows the taste of its own river!"
Source Material:

Poem: Under the Stairs, from A Store of Candles, by Frank Ormsby pub. Gallery Press ISBN:0904011984
Extract: The Magician's Nephew, by CS Lewis, pub Harper Collins Children's ISBN 0001844423
Extract: The Sea Wall, by Eilis Dillon, pub. Piccolo Poolbeg Press; ISBN 185371304X
Song: His Lordship had a Coachman, sung by Maurice Leyden, from his book Belfast City of Song pub. Brandon ISBN 0-86322-100-6
Extract: SKUNK and the Ozone Conspiracy, by Margit Cruikshank, pub. Poolbeg ISBN 1-85371-212-4
Extract: Song of the River, by Soinbhe Lally, pub. Poolbeg Press ISBN: 1853714577

Before The Programme:
  • Explain the anthology nature of the broadcast.
  • Inform pupils of the 'sense of place' theme.
After The Programme:
  • Discuss the passages, poems and songs with the class. Which worked best? Why?
  • Are there any songs, poems or sayings about your area? Are there enough for an anthology?
  • Could your pupils write a song set to new music or an old air about a special place?
  • Can the pupils draw or construct their favourite place and write about it?
  • Pupils could try to describe a place in their area without naming it and ask the class to guess where it is.
  • Try to link up on the Net with a school from another place and exchange information (or send them completed versions of worksheets 14 and 15).
  • Design a tourist brochure for something in your area.
  • Worksheet 14: A description of 'my place'.
  • Worksheet 15: Places in Northern Ireland: find these places on the map.

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