‘One rainy day, in a forest far away, two little birds came out to play.’

Chick lit: Andrew Rutter and Jake Buchanan share a creative spark

‘Fred woke with a start and looked around – his sister was nowhere to be found.’ | Photo: Linocut of birds and ferns.

When the Covid lockdown was introduced, I wrote to a handful of children in our Meeting, sending them this linocut of birds and ferns. I asked them if they would enjoy using their imaginations to write something based on what they saw. Jake, aged twelve, replied with a story he called ‘Lost Love’. It was worth sharing.

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