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Hello! Rabbie

The "Hello! Rabbie" sessions took place at the Vennel Gallery during the "Burns and a'That" Festival Fringe 2003.

The aim of the sessions was to show how celebrity is celebrated and valued today and to translate this to one of our most famous Scots, Rabbie Burns. If Hello! magazine had existed in Rabbie's day how would it have described his fame? He is similar to our modern day celebrities like Robbie Williams, Atomic Kitten and Blue. Just like Rabbie, they are young and famous with a string of love affairs ? as well as being talented!

Five Primary Schools took part in the sessions: Cumbrae P6, Dreghorn P7/1 and P7/2, Pirnmill P7, St Mark's P7 and Woodlands P7. Their task was to complete Burns' first Hello! magazine exclusive. Pupils took on the role of photographers, models and reporters and completed a photo?shoot and interview of Rabbie as he returned to Irvine... with a new love interest!

The end product of the class work was a magazine spread designed by Ayr College student Debbie McConnachie. The spread illustrated here is by St Mark's Primary. A big well done goes out to all of the schools who participated. The Vennel staff were very impressed by their reporting skills. Great work!!