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Talking With Dinosaurs

Calling all budding writers! Stan needs YOU to find his voice and tell the world his extraordinary story.

Stan the T. Rex has been selected for a new Talking Statues competition, which invites storytellers to submit a short monologue from the perspective of their chosen statue.

The Talking Statues initiative is already up and running in Manchester with statues including Alan Turing and Abraham Lincoln sharing their stories with curious passers-by, thanks to scripts from dramatist Mark Ravenhill and author Gary Younge .

And now it’s the public’s turn to get creative and find a voice for our resident Mancunian theropod.

The winning piece is set to be recorded by a well-known actor and will be delighting visitors to the Fossils Gallery before the end of the year.

But who is Stan? Cretaceous bad boy or dreamy gentle giant? Grumpy old fossil or happy-go-lucky predator?

Here at Manchester Museum we’ve come up with a few ideas that we hope will inspire you to produce your own Stan story.

And if that’s not inspiration enough, you could check out our Stan the T. rex – A Day in the Life video or why not visit us and see him for yourself.

Check out the Talking Statues website for details on how to enter and all terms and conditionsClosing date for entries is 17 October 2014.

Finally, a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers who kindly took part in the video and special mention to Olga Gerke for that fab trio of Stan pictures.

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