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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Comic creation

Create a comic based on a classic Persian tale, either in part or whole. 

This activity is linked to the 'Love and devotion' – the stories inquiry unit and targeted at VELS Level 4–5 students. Refer to the curriculum outcomes to see how this unit aligns with VELS.


  • Choose a story from the Story summaries.
  • Choose the corresponding comic template
  • Cut out characters and decorate with other media if desired
  • Choose a manuscript background (either the same image used multiple times, or numerous images) and print as A4 size
  • Storyboard each scene of the comic, including speech and text
  • Create speech bubbles with text using drawing tools in computer software, or using Google Docs presentation
  • Print and cut out speech bubbles
  • Paste characters and speech bubbles onto backgrounds to create a comic.


  • Computer with design software eg Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, or internet connectivity for using Google Docs
  • Comic template – cut out characters from the story summaries
  • Story summaries – read synopses of the stories
  • Useful websites – find information about comics inspired by Persian stories, as well as online tools for storyboarding and creating comics
  • Background images
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Media to create and decorate characters eg paints, pastels, pencils, charcoal, crayons

Love & devotion in the UK

The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.

Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.


Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads

This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.

For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page

Visit the exhibition

The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.

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