Discovery: topicality of e-learning materials

I love it when materials in a course turn out to be relevant and topical. In my Season of Inspiration writing course at the moment we are this week writing about caves and other underground spaces.

We already have great inspiration from some fabulous photographs from Nottingham’s Papplewick Pumping Station Victorian underground reservoir on the day it opened to the public, and Aborigine cave art from my co-tutor’s Australian property.

Today, the BBC reports on the discovery of what is thought to be the Lupercal, a mythical Roman cave, the long-lost underground grotto where ancient Romans believed a female wolf suckled the city’s twin founders.

And here is the e-tivity which we have offered to our writing participants this week…

E-tivity 7.6: Discovery

Purpose: To write about the thrill of discovery.

Task: Something marvellous is found in a cave or subterranean space, it could be rock art, engravings, smuggled treasure, prehistoric artefacts, a mummified animal or person. Describe your discovery and its significance to the local population. What will the discovery mean to those who found it? Will this important discovery end happily or will it end in conflict? Write a poem or story about this marvellous discovery.

Respond: Give a reasoned critique to at least two of the stories posted.