Spent a fantastic evening at Grayson Perry’s book launch recently. His book ‘The Descent of Man’ speaks of what it is to be male in todays society. I find him a real inspiration, so creative, a great thinker and a genuinely nice person.
I recently performed two of my own poems at the 2016 Essex Poetry Festival at the Cramphorn Theatre in Chelmsford. It was the first time I have performed my own poetry at such a prestigious event. I was nervous and excited in equal measure. I also got to hear some great poems from a very diverse bunch of poets.
I had a great morning recently telling stories to year 4 and year 5 pupils at Bishops school. I also had some great feed back from the children. Here are some of the children’s comments, that the Head passed on to me.
“He was a really good storyteller and he had a really interesting voice with great expression”
“He was really creative and imaginative. His stories were really fun”.
“He was wonderful. He really described the characters, which impressed me”.
This is why I love telling stories, to move children in this way and fire up their imagination’s.
I have been invited to Bishops primary school in Chelmsford Essex on Monday. I will be telling some oral stories to two year 4 classes and two year 5 classes. The children are currently looking at different cultures so it gives me a great chance to tell some diverse stories from around the world. I am currently preparing and choosing the stories and I am really looking forward to telling the stories on Monday.
Had a great time at Compassfest 2 on Sunday I did two sets and told 5 stories, some were funny, some were of adventure and a very old Suffolk folk tale. The audience of children and adults were fantastic and laughed in all the ‘right’ places.
Storytelling and poetry in a wood in deepest Suffolk today with the group ‘Poetree Walks’. Inbetween heavy showers along with other poets and stoytellers I had an opportunity to recite a self penned poem about Epping forest as well as telling a comical tale about Norwegian woodmen!
Find out more about my traditional storytelling for children’s parties.
I was invited to tell some stories in the evening at Hare Moon storytelling festival in Cambridgeshire over the bank holiday weekend. I also got to tell a couple of impromptu tales to some children there in the day time. There were some amazing story tellers there, such as Paul Jackson, Abbie Simmonds ,Suzanne Arnold and Liam Carroll.
This week on Monday I told Traditional Stories from around the world, to 270 school children aged 5-7years for The Wilderness Foundation at Chatham Green. It was a day when the whole school got outside with nature, And as part of that I told stories in a wonderful Safari tent. I told stories to approximately 30 children at a time throughout the day. The kids loved it (so did I) and the teachers enjoyed it too.
Find out more about my traditional storytelling for schools.