“Its fur is soft as pollen” she says, and waves her wand.
I’m writing a spell for a small girl who wants a kitten. “This may take some time to work”, I warn, mindful of her concerned parent.
I spent today at Courtyard Arts in Hereford at their wonderful Family Festival, packed with dragons, witches and unicorns. Ledbury Poetry Festival were there in support. The sun shone in, and hordes of excited children stared around them for signs of magic. I had a massive queue waiting to write a spell with me.
“What would make your life amazing?” I asked. “The ability to control time” replied a serious boy. Right. We discussed time, and his requirement to be able to travel through it.
“I want to be able to turn a person into a duck”, announced a determined-looking girl. “Is this by any chance a revenge spell?” I enquired. It was. She loved it.
“I need a sleeping spell for him”, said a mother, appearing in front of me with a sweet baby in her arms. The queue groaned in sympathy. (They really were all lovely people). “Poppies”, she said, “Poppies should do it”. We applied poppies.
The youngest was just two and a half. He wanted things to put in a cauldron. “Blue slugs” he insisted. “And a magpie feather”. And he was quite clear that the only time of night to stir it with a long bone, would be at midnight.
Here’s a selection of their genius and my inky fingers: