Penny is a published children's writer and storyteller and her writing includes longer and shorter novels for juniors, picture books & early readers, scripts and poems. She has a background in education.
She has a wide experience of "Book Visits", and is happy to talk and work with children thoughout the whole primary school age range, and has visited libraries in mnay different authorities.
She has appeared at Morley Literature Festival, Beverley Literature Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Bookaroo Children's Book Festival in Delhi and other events, as well tutoring writing groups, speaking at conferences and performing within gallery or museum settings.
General visit detail on website: www.pennydolan.com
Published works include:
A BOY CALLED M.O.U.S.E. (Bloomsbury, 2010), a fast- paced Dickensian novel for readers of 9 upwards. Illustrations by Peter Bailey.
THE THIRD ELEPHANT (Walker Books 2006.) Junior novel about the journey of a small wooden elephant to India and "the beautiful white palace." Illustrations by Helen Craig.
SPIGGY RED (Evans)Red Riding Hood retold as space genre for Junior reader
Mr Pod & Mr Piccalilli, ill. by Nick Sharratt, pub April 2005 (WALKER Picture book)
FRANKLIN WATTS (early reader titles/KS1)
Eight Enormous Elephants
Mary & the Fairy
Plip & Plop
Roly-Poly Rice Ball
Hansel & Gretel
The Apple Tree Alien
The Little Red Hen
The Pied Piper
MIss Polly's Seaside Brolly
At The End of the Garden
In the Deep Dark Forest
Red Riding Hood Rap
Mrs Bootle's Boots
Florence and the Drummer Boy
Big Bad Blob
That Noise (2011)
The Wrong House (2011)
CARLO'S CIRCUS (Watts Wayland)
Bippo & Boppo
Joey the Juggler
THE FOREST FAMILY (Watts Wayland)
The Winter Cave
A Wolf in the Woods
Danger In the Forest
SCHOLASTIC: (KS2 chapter books, currently o/p)
The Tale of Rickety Hall
The Tale of Highover Hill
The Tale of White Winter Hollow
The Ghost of Able Mabel
The Spectre of Hairy Hector
The Phantom of Billy Bantam
The Ghoul of Bodger O'Toole
Commissioned to write stories for STRIPES annual Christmas anthologies: WINTER TALES, WINTER ANIMAL TALES, WINTER MAGIC, A WINTER'S NIGHT and (for 2011) A SPRING DAY.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH (adaptation) Watts Classics. 2011
Regular Contributor to AN AWFULLY BIG BLOG ADVENTURE.
2009: Script Writer on JUST SO DARWIN animation series for BBC. Glasshead Productions.
2006: THE SIGNING. 45 min Play, selected for development & performance for Harrogate Theatre New Writing Festival.
Poetry for children in several pub.anthologies.
Short plays for adults performed at Harrogate Theatre as part of New Writing initiative,2003-2004.
Five stories for GirlGuiding UK's Rainbow Brownies Pack 2004 - 2005.
2005: Commissioned to write seven "Gardens Through Time" historical stories for children by RHS Harlow Carr.
Everyone at our school enjoys a visit from Penny Dolan, storyteller and successful author. She has been a regular visitor for a number of years.
The children love her because she is friendly and funny, capturing their attention almost before they know it, with her warm, modest manner. They can?t help but enjoy her stories, with their great descriptions, strong characterisation and exciting plots with magical twists.
Teachers love her because she is a talented professional who knows how to get the best out of children. She always creates a responsive atmosphere in the classroom and has the skill to develop a love of the written and spoken word in children.
She has worked at our school with children across the whole Primary age range. When the children hear that Penny is coming, their keen anticipation and smiles are confirmation that they respect her and appreciate her time spent with them.
I warmly recommend Penny for any story telling and author events with schools or community groups.
Beckwithshaw CP School, Harrogate
Penny Dolan has delivered many storytelling/author sessions in our libraries over the last few years and I am happy to recommend her most highly. Most of the sessions have been to groups of children from KS1 and 2 but also to younger nursery age. She has worked with large audiences of 50+ as well as smaller groups and always gets an enthusiastic response.
During the sessions, she talks to the children about writing her books and shows them how a book develops from the very beginning. She also reads from her books. The sessions have always been successful and she has a great rapport with the children.
Her professional attitude is excellent.
She has visited our libraries on more than 20 occasions over the last 3 years and will be coming again this autumn.
Arts & Reader Development Manager
Leeds Library & Information Service, Leeds
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