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Storytelling at Campsbourne School

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To celebrate Black History Month, I was asked to do storytelling at Campsbourne school.  Their Literacy Coordinator asked me to run oral storytelling workshops with their Year 5 classes.  I decided to take them to Ghana with a trickster tale. As we were celebrating Black History Month, I shared with them the history of trickster […]

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Swedish folk tales

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This week I visited Abbey Ravenscroft Park Nursing home for a spot of performance storytelling.   My audience included a lovely lady who had just turned 100 years old!  I’d rehearsed a couple of Swedish folk tales.  One of them was called the ‘Troll Ride’ about Pedar Lars, a poor farmer’s boy journeying to propose […]

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Literacy Day

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Encouraging children to read Today is national Literacy Day. Dismal statistics have been announced where 45% of white working class children are leaving primary without being able read very well. The National Literacy Trust along with a coalition of charities, teachers, parents and businesses, have launched a campaign ‘Read on. Get On’.  As part of Literacy Day, they are […]

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Storytelling at Muswell Hill Primary school

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Story Boat sailed all the way to Muswell Hill Primary school just before the end of the summer term.  I had a wonderful morning, performing oral storytelling with their Year 1 and  2 classes. Whilst waiting for everyone to come into my session, I had an opportunity to talk to the Year 1 class about their […]

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Storytelling @ Karamel Kids

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Spent this morning at the Karamel Restaurant watching Mike Dodworth the storyteller.  It was a morning of storytelling for kids. It’s a lovely arts venue and Mike captivated children (including mine) with his delightful stories featuring animals in the forest. He had a wonderful way of including his audience in the story, by allowing them to say what […]

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Collecting stories

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Everyone is a storyteller – we tell stories everyday to each other from ‘what happened on the way to work’ to ‘family memories’.    We tell each other stories to share information, relate and inspire on may levels. Whilst researching Anancy trickster stories to re-tell to children, I also decided to collect stories from around […]

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Storytelling at the Eden Project

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During the Jubilee bank holiday weekend we visited Cornwall and stayed in a valley lodge on St. Tinney’s farm.  It’s a beautiful location, in rural Cornwall.  Although it rained heavily at times, the air was fresh and the woods were perfect for exploring. On one of the sunny days, we headed out to the Eden […]

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The power of stories

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Day 1 of my storytelling workshop in Gouda, finds us in the centre of the city, spending the day at the top of a huge cafe.  I am simultaneously nervous and excited.  For me, this is an adventure.  Why the nerves?  It’s been many years since I’ve been placed in the company of strangers, away […]