A gallery of rogues and rascals, wizards, witches and wild things will unfold throughout the atmospheric and unfinished spaces of The Story Museum in Oxford this year as 26 of Britain’s best-loved authors and storytellers are transformed into their favourite childhood story characters for a special exhibition.
Peer a little closer and you’ll see one of our very own Stranger team members has got in on the act too. Suzie has been letting her creative juices flow to pen one of the 26 sestudes of 62 words that accompany each of the images. You’ll find her writing beside the image of Jamila Gavin as Hanuman. Suzie has also dressed up as her own childhood favourite, female detective Nancy Drew (above), to feature on a website related to the exhibition.
Meanwhile, back at the story museum you’ll find Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s metamorphosis into the Wicked Witch of the West, Terry Pratchett achieving outlaw status as Just William and Neil Gaiman getting stripy as a well-known woodland creature.
Award-winning celebrity photographer Cambridge Jones has captured the images – and visitors of all ages are invited to go on a journey though some intriguing spaces that are literally full of character, brought to life by designers including Michael Pickwoad (Doctor Who) and Alix Harwood (Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Hugo, Thor).
Date: Saturday 5 April – Sunday 2 November 2014
Place: The Story Museum, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford, OX1 0BP
Opening times and more info: www.storymuseum.org.uk/26characters