Spider writer returns

A DZG arachnophobia workshop has inspired a children’s book – and its writer is back on site today to learn more about the wonderful world of spiders!

jane_mcgeeDr Jane McGee and a group of students from of Old Swinford Hospital School, in Stourbridge, attended the session, led by DZG Presenter Caroline Howard.

Following the event, which offers a hands-on approach to overcoming arachno-fears, Jane penned The Spider that came in from the Cold.

Jane, pictured right, said: “During the workshop we discovered most people develop a fear of spiders from how they are portrayed in films, stories and the media.

“I hope my story will help children develop a more positive view of spiders and inspire an interest in nature.”

Caroline said: “I was very flattered and really pleased when I heard Jane had written a book following the workshop, as it is great someone had engaged with what we said.

“It is really important that we educate people about spiders and help change attitudes towards certain creatures.

 “We need to look after the whole eco system, from tiny insects and amphibians right through to the lions and tigers and it is through projects like Jane’s book where we can help to get this message across.”

Jane and her school group will be taking part in a similar workshop this morning with 30 16-18-year old students.

If you fancy a similar experience our next Arachnophobia Workshop will take place on Sunday, April 21 starting at 13.30am.

Click here to book a place or for further details contact 01384 215313.