Graphic Lyrics: A Booked! Project

For the last 5 months we have been working with Mrs Kirk’s S4 class from Shawlands Academy,  Glasgow, on a Booked! project called Graphic Lyrics. The class’ journey began in August, when they travelled through to Edinburgh International Book Festival for a Stanley Odd performance, as part of our Schools Programme, their first experience of Graphic Lyrics.

Graphic Lyrics Cover

The pupils then worked with Dave Hook from the band to first choose a traditional story from their own culture or another (the pupils in the class are Romanian, Slovakian, Czech or Iraqi), put their own slant on the tale, write rhyming lyrics, and then record them as raps. Dave and his bandmate Samson then worked alongside the pupils to put their recordings to beats. You can listen to the raps below.

The stories are:

Dracula by Isac, Zuzanna, Viktoria, Marek and Michaela

Pinocchio by Sara, Adrian, Tomas and Pavol

Popoluska by Iman, Maha, Martina, Rebecca, Iveta and Adrian

Beauty and the Beast by Tabita, Naomi, Dana, Abel, Marta and Adrian

Working with Graphic Novelists Metaphrog, the pupils then adapted their stories into comics, breaking down and illustrating the action.

You can read the full Graphic Lyrics Comic here.

The project was not without challenges for the pupils, but they have been involved in every aspect of the production of the comic and tracks and we hope they are very proud of what they have achieved.

Supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

About Booked!

Booked! is the Edinburgh International Book Festival on the road around Scotland, throughout the year. A celebration of words and ideas, Booked! blends the very best from groups and organisations across the country with the energy and excitement of the August Book Festival. Produced in collaboration with a variety of partners, this wide-ranging programme of events and activities brings authors, artists and audiences together to inspire each other and to be inspired, to share stories and experiences, and bring books to life for people of all ages in their own communities.


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