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Storytelling is an inexpensive and easy-to-organize way of supporting the language skills (and history) curriculum. All I need is a quiet space. I helped launch a Lads and Dads twilight reading group at Sandye Academy. I used part of the Hereward and an entertaining yarn of my own devising. The evening was a great success - though the chip supper may have helped! In 2015 I had a successful morning in Shortstown Primary (see "satisfied customers"). In late 2016 I performed the letters of Walter Croft (WW1) for Bedford Academy and have been invited back regularly ever since for stories, war poetry and Remebrance events.

I don't just deliver the stories. I show how I use the sources, how they are developed, how the language is chosen. Students can improve their own oral skills by developing a story worth telling from a basic plot. The Hereward suits KS 2/3. For older KS 2 I have three Egyptian tales - genuine ancient stories that illuminate the beliefs and values of the culture. I would love the opportunity to tell the Tristan and Iseult to KS 4. If you have a programme that could benefit from an injection of variety and enthusiasm, please give me a call or send an e-mail.​

The sole surviving copy of the original manuscript of the life of Hereward. First written about 1100
The sole surviving copy of the original manuscript of the life of Hereward. First written about 1100