Working with children is joyous, and a key part of my work. Children are adventurers, searching to find their own special place in a world that can be strange, challenging and frightening. I like to reassure them on that emotional journey. Show them beauty and wonders. Make them laugh! I love to listen when children tell me stories in return. Love to feel that warm connection. Stories are a precious gift to humanity, and gifts are always more wonderful when shared.
PERFORMING FOR CHILDREN
Festivals, theatres, tourist sites, community venues, schools… I have an ever-expanding repertoire of stories for children aged 3+ and will happily plan a programme to suit your needs. I have been the storyteller-in- residence at many sites, including Eastnor Castle, Cadburyworld, Afan Forest Park (I specialise in woodland walks) and Margam Park.
This Hallowe’en I will again be in residence at Blenheim Palace for nine days of spooky fun!
Education is a BIG part of my work! I enjoy it enormously and find it hugely rewarding. For some children, meeting an author can be a life-changing experience. Suddenly the world becomes a place of possibilities. I talk about being a child, growing up in the back streets of Liverpool, reading books in my bedroom and dreaming of adventure. Of how I loved stories and, through hard work, stories became my career – my Golden Ticket that carries me all around the world. It’s heady stuff!
I work NATIONALLY and INTERNATIONALLY in schools.
I work with Nursery – Year 9, and can offer a host of age-appropriate workshops and performances. I can come as a storyteller or an author, or as a combination of the two. I am very flexible!
A full school day usually consists of 3 or 4 x 50/60 minute story sessions or workshops. It is possible to mix and match sessions eg a KS1 performance + a KS2 performance + two writing workshops.
Performances can accommodate up to 200 children. Workshops are maximum 35.
A few suggestions…
Infant story sessions: World Tales, Once Upon a Rhyme (famous fairy tales), Shine! (stories on the theme of light), Bear Tales (with gorgeous bear and teddy bear hand puppets).
Juniors: World Tales, Meet the Author book sessions. How to Write Better: Dedicated workshop for Years 5 & 6 that specifically looks at ideas and how to raise your game. Yields results in just one hour, with some kids making a massive leap forward in confidence. Something Wonderful: A creative writing workshop on the theme of the Quest. Speed Storytelling: have the whole class story mapping and storytelling in just one hour!
Seniors: I have stories that swiftly engage seniors and can spin off into writing work. Stars & Shakespeare poetry workshop. How to write cinematically: especially good for talented writers/ G & T.
WONDER AND MAGIC: SPECIALIST INFANT LITERACY SESSIONS
These are specialist creativity and literacy sessions for infants on the theme of LIGHT. I use a multi-sensory approach: musical instruments, computer-generated soundscapes, props, puppets, wondrous things, stories… and lots of me! By the end of an hour-long session, children are buzzing with endless ideas for new stories.
‘The most AMAZING workshop we have ever had! Our heads are exploding with ideas on how we can use things with children to fire them up.’ KS1 teachers, Aylburton C of E Primary School