I visited Portchester, Stubbington, and Portswood Library this last week. At Portchester I had lots of suggestions to help me draw a goblin, and when I drew a water demon one of the children thought of giving him eyes on top of his head like a crocodile – brilliant! Then the children crowded around a table and there was lots of enthusiasm to join in and draw their own mythical creature. There were evil ones, good ones, a spiky one, one with wings, and even a smart one with a tie and buttons. I was particularly impressed with one called a ‘Drageagle’.
Next, one of the boys drew a fantastic mythical creature based on Scylla, a monster that lived on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite its counterpart Charybdis. In Greek mythology, the saying ‘between Scylla and Charybdis’ has come to mean being between two dangers, choosing either of which brings harm - it is the same as our modern saying ‘between a rock and a hard place’.