Emma Thompson’s big event for Hull children
14 May 2010
It is a privilege normally reserved for film critics, but
actress and screen-writer Emma Thompson turned to Hull’s children
yesterday to receive feedback on her recent film Nanny McPhee &
The Big Bang.
The Oscar-winning star took part in a Q&A session run by
school children who were particularly interested in writing and
acting. The Nanny McPhee screenplay was written by Ms Thompson, so
it was interesting for the children to learn about the transition
from book to screen-play.
Emma Thompson took centre stage with hosts Jack
Stelloo and Amelia Grimes
Although the film is aimed to engage audiences of all ages, she
is keen to hear how the younger audience responded to her work, and
has invited them to a special screening of the film prior to her
This was a unique opportunity for the city’s children to meet
and interview one of the best-known and most accomplished actors in
Emma Thompson said: "Writing, which I love more and more, is a
wonderful thing to communicate, especially to young people. I
talked to a lot of children when writing the second film and they
were very influential. I learn a lot from their energy and
Hosting the event were Sydney Smith pupils Jack Stelloo, and
Amelia Grimes. They were given the privileged roles in recognition
of their story-board diary of their experiences following the
floods in 2007.
Emma chats with some of Hull's school children
This was the University’s first annual children’s writing
showcase and is one of a number of events, hosted by the Philip
Larkin Centre for Creative Writing, aimed at encouraging the
community to be actively involved in their University. Many
children do not visit the campus until they start the university
application process, so this was an opportunity to break down
boundaries and create a sense of inclusion.
Professor Martin Goodman, who has facilitated this and other
Larkin Centre events, says:
“Emma Thompson is one of the biggest names in British cinema and
we are delighted that offered to share her time and expertise in
order to nurture the creative talent in the city. Emma’s love of
children, and genuine enthusiasm for hearing what they have to say,
inspires us. We changed our whole format to turn our biggest
lecture theatre into a kid friendly zone. The day’s success
has kick-started a great annual series.
“The University has a strong heritage of drama and literature
and we are keen for the community to enjoy and contribute to the
creative energy in the city.”
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Mulley on 01482 466943 or 07809 585965.
Notes to Editors
About the Philip Larkin Centre for
The Philip Larkin Centre attracts some of the very best writers to
platform appearances in Hull - to excite readers, and make sure
some of the very best writing keeps coming out of Hull.
The Centre takes its name from Philip Larkin,
one of the twentieth century’s foremost poets who anchored his life
to the University of Hull. That Hull poetic tradition stretches
back to Andrew Marvell, and forward through some of the top poets
of our day. Poets explore the personal to find what is
From William Wilberforce onwards, Hull also
has a pioneering history of driving the social agenda for change.
We call on writers to help us envision and shape a fairer world
which recognizes the transforming power of individual and