Posted on January 10, 2015

Gulf English School Primary (GES) welcomed well known children’s author and poet, Chris White, to hold an interactive creativity workshop with book readings from his own books and poems. Travelling around the world performing his own iconoclastic poetry with his own vivid illustrations, Chris White tries to enthuse children to unleash their inner creativity.

At the workshop, held this week at GES prior to Chris White performing at the Doha Book Fair at QNCC, Chris referenced many of the colourful cartoon characters he has featured in his books including ‘Bitey the Veggie Vampire’, Wang Foo the Kung Fu Shrew’, ‘The Armadillo Under My Pillow’, ‘Shark in the Toilet’, ‘Don’t put Dave in the Microwave!’, ‘Never Give a Duck a Pen’, ‘Space Rocks’ and story book, ‘Stumpy’s Bid Adventure & the Beast from the East.’

Molly Foust, Head Librarian at GES, said: “The idea behind inviting a children’s author like Christ White to hold a workshop at GES, is to encourage our students to express themselves freely and become creative in their thinking. Chris certainly fired up their imaginations with his lively poetry and vibrant images, so that they quickly become inventive when asked for creative suggestions and their enthusiasm and enjoyment was clear.”

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Chris White added: “I want to get the kids creative juices flowing and give them ideas of how to write their own poems and draw their own fun pictures to illustrate these. The idea is to make it all seem possible and within the children’s reach so that they want to create something special and unique.” Chris White is no stranger to Qatar and last October toured 20 schools bringing his special kind of creative input to hundreds of students. 

As well as writing his own poems and illustrating his own books, Chris writes for the BBC, and has been featured on radio & television shows. He has performed in theatres, libraries, schools, prisons, shopping centres, hospitals and festivals around the globe. Chris White’s flying visit to Qatar is being sponsored by Publishers Association and Combined Books, Jarrous Press and Maktaba. Here are two sample Chris White book covers:

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