Exhibition: Take a walk in the wilds

17th April 2003 at 01:00

Over the Hills and Far Away
Exhibition and schools' roadshow

The children's illustrator and author Kim Lewis, who depicts Northumberland farming life in all its tough reality, once said she wanted children to "walk into the books as if they were visiting a farm themselves". Now young readers in these scattered communities can.

Over the Hills and Far Away is a touring resource based on an exhibition of Lewis's work in Gateshead.

It is organised by the Centre for the Children's Book, the national archive based in Newcastle upon Tyne. The roadshow enables early years children to re-enact the everyday rituals and dilemmas depicted in loving detail in the Floss books and The Shepherd Boy.

A second exhibition, Fantasy Farms, opens at Shipley tomorrow, focusing on "landscapes of the imagination".

Read the full review in this week's TES

Kim Lewis and Fantasy Farms exhibitions run at Shipley Gallery until June 8. The summer term roadshow tournbsp;is full. For other education and public events (including 'Days on the Farm' with Lewis, Flea Lurati and sheepdog Fleck) contact The Centre for the Children's Book. Tel: 0191 276 4289; info@childrensbook.org.uk . Kim Lewis's books are published by Walker Books

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