The Colourful Life of Calum McCall

Ron Butlin's little tale is a dark little piece, in spite of the title. It's very much a story of loss of dreams and the erosion of natural wonder.

This kit is part of a new section from BritLit, in response to teachers' enquiries. It seems some teachers wanted short and sweet kits - something that could be done in just one or two lessons.

Update, 2011: We have added a new element below - a reading of the story set to images. Ideas on how to use this in your class coming soon.


  • Key 91k Teacher's notes and answers
  • Text 15k The complete text of the story


  • Audio of the author reading the text 1.15Mb


To download audio, right click on audio file in the Attachment below and save to your computer.

By Ron Butlin

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