'Create your own literary map', by Abi Elphinstone

For this activity you'll need to do some exploring. Have you ever read a book with a map inside? One of the most famous maps is that of Middle Earth, a highly detailed, expansive map found in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Try to create your own map drawing on inspiration from your surroundings!

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I used to love finding maps in author’s books when I was growing up: J.R.R. Tolkien and Michelle Paver’s books have brilliant maps. And one of the things I really wanted in my own book was a map. Take a photograph (or print out an image) of your favourite literary man and bring it into class. Tell the class why you think it’s a good map then have a go at creating your own literary map. What places would you want to write about: a sea, a cave, a forest, mountains, a volcano, a river, a beach...