Inspiring Storytelling

 

Children love stories. As a professional storyteller, my unique and enthusiastic approach to storytelling awakens the imagination of children of all ages. I run interactive storytelling days in schools where the pupils not only listen to stories told by me, but also have the opportunity to act out what they have heard and become storytellers themselves.

I also offer an option where I teach a group of children a story. They then break up into smaller groups and practise retelling the story until they are confident enough to share their newly learned story with children from other classes. Telling a story orally, with no book to rely on, is a feeling like no other, and one that gives the teller a huge boost of confidence, not to mention enjoyment. The listeners think it is rather cool that their peers are telling them a story, rather than their teacher reading one from a book.

As children learn the act of storytelling, their confidence in writing their own stories grows. If a child learns how to tell an interesting story, they also gain a better understanding of how to write an interesting, well structured story.

I tell stories suitable for Nursery age children right up to Year 6 children. Some of the stories are my own, some are adapted from other sources, and all are fun, exciting and interactive.

 

What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone 😀

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My first ever i-movie!

One of my poems called ‘I Like Reading’

My girls helped a lot with the technical aspects.

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Last Thursday I met a lad called Barry - an unusual name for a primary school pupil these days.

He was great, and all the staff spoke really highly of him. I wrote this poem with Barry in mind. I then discovered that in a couple of weeks it’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so it seems appropriate to post this now.

Enjoy!! The poem is called (rather imaginatively, I thought) ... Barry!
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Look at this! How wonderful. As you might have seen, I've been collecting #booksforJacob - a young man in one of my Patron of Reading schools who loves reading more than anything else. Only, he's read every book in school. So I asked if anyone could help out. And it's begun! An author friend is sending him a signed copy of her latest book, several others on Twitter / Facebook have been sending them to his school addressed to him, and then yesterday MANDY BROOMHEAD, bless her cotton socks, hand delivered a parcel. Jacob's mum found me on Twitter today to thank me. It's so lovely when you get to see the impact you have, and this, Mandy, is the impact you've had.

Anyone else who would like to donate, please let me know. And, if you're worried that Jacob will have read everything already, a small cash donation could be a good alternative - I had this idea that we could send him off to a bookshop to find new books that he'd never read!

Thanks again.

It's good to have a story that makes you smile once in a while.

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