At the beginning of the project each class was given a five-day pack to complete, with a different set of activities each day enabling the children to explore local history, geography, civic society and their own experience of Brighton & Hove through creative writing, drawing and conversation.
The stories, ideas, descriptions and inventions the children created from this activity pack form the basis of the book, ensuring that whatever their preferred way of expressing themselves, everyone in the class is able to participate.
The final design and content of the guide book was determined in collaboration with a group of 12 young ‘editors’ chosen by their teachers from among the four schools for their enthusiasm and engagement with the project, with additional illustrations from Rhi Moxon and graphic design from Will Brady.
– Gemma Chumnansin, Headteacher, Woodingdean Primary
The Book of Brighton and Hove is available across the city at the following places for a suggested donation of £5:
The Book of Brighton and Hove was commissioned by Brighton Festival, Caravan Assembly and Heart of Glass and produced by LOOKOUT Brighton, Andy Field and Beckie Darlington with illustrations by Rhi Moxon and graphic design by Will Brady. Funded by Arts Council England. Photographs by Ian Greenland.
The Book of Brighton & Hove is part of a series of guidebooks written by children, which began with The Book of St Helens. You can read that book here.