Multilingual Creativity Event

Free Word The Free Word Centre is the only international centre for literature, literacy and free expression.  In collaboration with the Culture Institute at King’s College London they held a Multilingual Creativity Lab, looking at creative approaches to engaging with and promoting multilingual skills. Free Word invited me to speak at one of their events […]

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The Theatre of Storytelling

The range of theatre As with theatre performances of plays, there are many different aspects of storytelling. I’m exploring in this post the theatre of storytelling and how the lines of theatre and storytelling cross each other, blur and stand apart. I’ve always loved the theatre – visiting it and being a part of it. For me, […]

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Sharing Caribbean folktales

This weekend I’ll not only be telling a couple of my favourite Caribbean folktales, but children will be able to record their own version of it with me.  This will happen at the Southbank Centre as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February.  It’s such a great idea and […]

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Storytelling and literacy

Storytelling in schools Most of my storytelling time is spent in schools. Teachers invite me to come along and join in celebrations for Book Week,  National Storytelling Week, World Book Day, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, International Week and many more.   Supporting literacy My aims are usually to inspire children with the pleasure […]

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Storytelling in different cultures

A visit to the International School of London ‘Stories express beliefs, values and ideas’.  This was one of the cenral ideas being explored at the International School of London near Gunnersbury.  I was really pleased to be invited to run storytelling workshops at their school.  We looked at the role of storytelling in different cultures and storytelling […]

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Great storytellers

5 ways to connect with your audience Last weekend I attended a storytelling workshop run by storyteller Jamie Crawford. The focus was on telling ‘true stories live’. We’ll be telling our ‘true stories’ at the South London Storytelling festival ‘Tales of the Pied Piper’ on Saturday 9th May, organised by Artistic Director Alison Royce. I’m going […]

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Story Making Games

3 fun story making games One of the best parts of storytelling with children are the story making games I get to play with them afterwards.  This week I was storytelling at the Art House Crouch End and my theme for the week has been the ‘Arabian Nights’. After sharing the legend of Scheherazade and the […]

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The art of storytelling

Last week I visited St Aidan’s Primary school for their World Book Day celebrations.  The theme for the day was ‘ the art of storytelling’. It was a really lovely chance to demonstrate to children what skills are needed for oral storytelling.  Even more importantly, it was so much fun to get them using their […]

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World Book Day ideas

There’s lots of excitement and buzz around World Book Day which falls on 5th March 2015.  Schools and families will be celebrating from next week.  I have a few World Book Day ideas which I’m planning to share online in their ‘World Book Day ideas‘ section. I’ll be visiting St Aidan’s Primary School , Campsbourne […]

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