I work with all age groups, including toddlers, primary, adults and those with special needs, using stories to open up the learning process and introduce fresh ideas, arguments and perspectives. I often involve the audience in the storytelling process.
I tell exciting interactive stories from history and run workshops about story-making, listening skills and creative writing.
My clients include National Geographic, Kensington Palace, Harrods, the London Transport Museum, the Design Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Museum of London and Walker Books as well as countless schools and community and council projects.
Our two-year storytelling project with UCL's Medical School won the Provost Award for Public Engagement 2014
I have been commissioned to create storytelling workshops with various partners including: the Southbank Centre, Leighton House Museum, Jewish Music Institute, the Garden Museum, the Guildhall Library, Potters Fields Park (Tower Bridge South Side) and the Pop Up Festival of Stories, where I worked with Smarties Award-winning Illustrator Jane Ray.
I have successfully headed up a number of long-term creative writing projects in schools including taking part in the Discover Story Centre's Catching Words project.
"What a fabulous day! The feedback has been amazing!"
- Crown Woods College, Eltham; Book Week visit, years 7/8
"I have a nursery class of 26 children aged 3/4 years. Some children are EAL, some are very young and new to nursery. You held their attention the entire time: they were smiling, joining in, laughing. Thank you. I have learned ideas and techniques I can employ in my own storytelling in the future" – Teacher, Rockliffe Manor Primary School, Plumstead
"It has been a pleasure seeing the children becoming more and more engaged with their writing.... Children were eager to use more ambitious adjectives, trickier vocabulary and in my opinion took more ownership over their own work. … a marked improvement in behaviour during literacy lessons has been noted, with children thoroughly enjoying what they have been learning. This has been shown in the fact that many children have begun to write individual stories at lunchtime and at home." Teacher, about a term-long writing project at Boutcher C of E Primary School, Bermondsey
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