Horses and Tortoises, Stories from Africa
At 1pm on the 24th June 2009 celebrated children’s book illustrator PJ Lynch launched Horses and Tortoises, Stories from Africa at the Gallery.
Horses and Tortoises, Stories from Africa is a book of ten short stories. The traditional tales come from all over Africa and are written and illustrated by women from AkiDwA, the African Women’s Network. The stories tell tales of tortoises in trees, hippos in baths, monsters in caves, a frog in an elephant’s stomach and the fate of wicked husbands! These tales are for children of all ages and celebrate the tradition of storytelling in Africa.
The project Horses and Tortoises, Stories from Africa began in 2008 as part of a Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane community programme funded by the O’Connell Street Integrated Area Plan Community Gain Fund, working with women from AkiDwA. Working with artist Felicity Clear and writer Siobhan Parkinson the women of AkiDwA created a book that can be used in primary schools. The purpose was to provide a resource through which Irish children learn of traditional African culture and also as a vehicle for African children to celebrate their traditions.
In the beginning of the new school year the book can be ordered by every primary school and library in Dublin.