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As a young primary school teacher in Spain, Jose Antonio Portillo decided to use his pupils' curiosity about his briefcase by filling it with very unusual things. During his 11 years as a teacher, his case, its eccentric contents and the stories they generated became an attention-drawing basis for his work in the classroom. His pupils achieved extremely high results. His interactive exhibition, "Tall Tales", at the Royal Festival Hall in London (until April 10) displays his "book objects" - acrobatic newspaper, bits of books and more - and includes his "tinned book", "the book of knots" and the "library of unpublished manuscripts". These animate the novels he once taught in the classroom. For more information on the exhibition, and the Easter holiday family workshops that accompany it, tel: 020 7921 0600 or go to

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