Diana Petrova writes stories about the Roma community, Maritsa newspaper

Children from Stolipinovo become heroes in fairy tales. Melkber, Ismet, Yuxel, Gunduvan, Brianza enter with their names in the stories of the writer Diana Petrova after she met for several months with teenagers from 5th to 7th grade from Sofia University "Nayden Gerov" . Their stories, dreams and revelations will make them fairy tales. The book will eventually reach their peers thanks to the Letera Publishing House on the project "Fairy Workshop" - one of the initiatives within the household of Plovdiv as the European Capital of Culture. All the children I met with will have a major or minor role in the stories, Diana Petrova asserts. She often enters schools and playing fairy-tales with kids from different cities, to create stories together. The author has a special attitude towards the different fruits of her collection of adoptive parents and adopted the "Double Planet", but for the first time the project meets her with another ethnic community. This puts her in front of an unexpected challenge - some of the children hardly speak Bulgarian. Their teachers Penka Kazakova and Nefize Zhekova proved to be invaluable helpers, especially as they know the families and the environment in which each of their students grows. How does a maiden from the Roma or Turkish community get dressed, what dresses, how does the celebration prepare, the writer asked the kid. The girls dedicated her that the bride bears white for the ritual, but then she changed three more dresses - red, banana and blue. And the boys explained to her how the marriage agreement took place and how much money was spent if the deal broke down - the so-called mehir. And in turn, they were interested in what she was doing and had children. When she told them that her job was in a computer company, the kids exclaimed: "Oh, that's more interesting than writing!" It is not, Diana Petrova discourages her every time. And he thinks different ways to prove it. Some borrows from Ganye Rodari's "Grammar of Fantasy". Together with children, they create, for example, a group story such as one says a sentence, another goes on. At first they are a little embarrassed, but then they are playing that difficult to keep them, says Diana Petrova. At one point, her "co-authors" were so relaxed that they had prepared a musical performance. Another time Diana Petrova tries the approach "harmonica". It is written and the sheet is folded so that the next one does not see it. He adds his own and so the sheet goes around the class. It finally unfolds, and children have to gather words in sentences and history. Usually laughs. The author also has his own method to provoke fantasy and creative writing, which he called "Three Points". It throws up a problem - for example, a child stutters or does not see well. Students need to figure out who to help, then how to solve the problem. This is easier for smaller ones. As she teaches them to develop their imagination and to put their fantasies in words, Diana Petrova, in turn, learned many of the children from Stolipinovo. He's already aware how much is the feast Hederle, she knew only about Bajram. My biggest surprise was how close these children have built up with their teachers as their mothers, says Diana Petrova. After the meetings, they continued to send stories to her that the children thought of telling after the writer had left. She also got drawings of many sympathetic monsters. I want the tales I will write to address their problems, says Diana Petrova. She is already ready with a few stories she sent to the school to look at the pedagogues. So there's no danger of having some detail unintentionally offend someone or the community. It would be a very delicate time to name the children - most of them identify themselves as Turks and not as Roma. So far, the working versions of the fairy tales lie around a few stories. One affects the relationship between brothers and sisters in the large family, as is usually the family in the ethnomachal. Another touches another topical topic - departure for Germany and return. Melissa, who wants to be a teacher of Bulgarian language and literature because she dreams of becoming her teacher at school, has inspired the tale of dreams. Ismet and Stoil shared that they love to play football with friends, Emil - to sing, Sanie - to read books, Angel - to play walnuts, and Melekber - to jump on a rope and then become a soldier. A special story will also be about the lost letters of the Roma - the community has no script. Little Birman, whom Diana Petrova met at Stolipinovo, is a prototype of the hero who saves his sister and finds the letters. The child writer has not passed the issue of early marriages that tear children out of school. The story "The storyteller presents ...", which aims to increase the interest in reading, has already met Diana Petrova with many students from 3rd to 6th grade in Plovdiv schools. With teenagers growing up, the author of "The Double Planet", "Wise Tales for Children and Adults" and "Tales for the Whole Family" also leads workshops on creative writing. At meetings, the participants are engaged in group writing - they come up with a common story together, draw up dialogues. The author uses the theory of Prop's tale, according to which he has 100 fairy tale stories. To create one of them, the writer leads the students through several points of reference. They have to invent an imaginary family, a ban that is then broken, and finally - salvation. And when the children begin to think of the escapes of their characters, the author provokes them: "Can not it instead go at that moment? Or ask the neighbor ... ".