Grangetown Primary School pupils have teamed up with author Liz Million, to write a children’s book about Jack Crawford, the hero of Camperdown.
The author met the pupils at Sunderland Maritime Heritage to launch ‘Jack Crawford ; Hero of Camperdown’.
The Sunderland born sailor was on the HMS Venerable during the Battle of Camperdown in 1797.
The pupils who were able to recreate Jack’s story by imagining new characters to tell a child friendly version of the tale.
The book includes, a colouring book and fun facts about superstitions of pirates and sailors.
The collaboration is part of a wider schools partnership project celebrating the city’s maritime heritage and looking forward to the arrival of Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.
Les McAnaney, Headmaster at Grangetown Primary School said:
“Our children were thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Liz on the drawings for her new book, in a project made possible by Sunderland Libraries Services.”
” These workshops with Liz helped our children to understand just what a colourful maritime history we have here in Sunderland, and they also served to raise awareness of the forthcoming visit of the Tall Ships to Sunderland – we can’t wait to join in with the celebrations!”
Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said:
“This has been a fantastic project and I hope everyone will support this new illustrated book about one of Sunderland’s greatest national heroes, which Liz Million and the children at Grangetown Primary have worked so hard together to produce.”
“It gave the children the chance to develop their own creative talent with help from one of this country’s leading authors and Illustrators, while also discovering more about the heroism of Jack Crawford and our shared maritime heritage.”
A model ship has been built to accompany the book.
The books will be priced at £3 and £4.50, and purchasable from the City Library, Houghton Library and Washington Town Centre Library. Copies will also be available at the ‘Ships Ahoy’ event June 30, and the Tall Ships July 14.