"Not only did the children learn a thing or two about writing, it also made us reflect on our practice as professionals and our planning of the writing process."
Louise Jones, Literacy Coordinator, Derwendeg Primary School, Hengoed
“Just want to say a huge thanks for today. I went into the staff room afterwards and there was an overwhelming 'He was Fab, the kids loved him!' You were a big hit with the children and adults. Honestly, as the Literacy Coordinator, I couldn't ask for anything better!"
Rhian Morgan, Literacy Coordinator, Pontyclun Primary School, Pontyclun
" Mark presented to a packed hall of Year 7 pupils who remained thoroughly engaged throughout the session. Pupils particularly enjoyed the glimpse into the world of book publishing and the journey a book undergoes from conception to final release."
Simon Hoey, Treorchy High School
Hi there, my name is Mark and I just love telling stories!
As a father of two primary aged children and one grown up son, I’ve always loved reading and telling stories! With over 25 years writing experience, I am passionate about engaging our youngsters to not only read more but to pick up their pens (or their tablets) and get writing themselves!
Children never get tired of having stories read to them, which is even more brilliant when those telling the stories are the authors themselves! Our storytelling sessions are designed for children of all ages, from Foundation phase, right through Juniors and into Comprehensive education.
As someone who has performed poetry and spoken word at events all over Wales with National Theatre Wales, I know all too well how words can ignite and excite people’s imaginations.
All our storytelling sessions include a Meet & Greet the Author (normally scheduled on another day), where the children get the chance to meet with me for a little chat, and also to buy their own signed and personalised copy of a book!
All our storytelling sessions are interactive, informative, inspiring and fun, with kids asking all kinds of wonderful and sometimes very off-the-wall questions, so there's never a dull moment!
Here is a summary of what I cover in a typical session (using PowerPoint), although elements of this can be tailored to individual requirements:
Bringing a Book to Life using our best selling book Polly's Magic Bubbles and the Quest for Dizzelwood
Our aim is to encourage the children’s love for stories, so that by the time I leave they are already picking up a book to read, or even start writing one themselves!
Based in South Wales, we are fully DBS checked.
Our Creative Writing and Storytelling sessions are one hour for KS2, a little more for pupils in Secondary school, and a little less for Foundation aged children.
The price per session is from £95.
Sessions can be tailored to individual school requirements.
These interactive workshops provide a real insight into how we bring our books to life, and how the children too can become aspiring authors themselves!
We also encourage children to enter Radio 2's 500 Words Competition.
We have also developed a Becoming A True Giant Health & Wellbeing Storytelling Session using our book Midge - Prince of the Giants focussing on the Importance of Friendship and how children can Become true Giants in becoming better friends!
We also have a number of Christian themed titles explaining the Gospel in simple terms which are ideal as a basis for Religious Education talks.
For more information, scroll down the page, or if you would like us to come to your area or simply find out more, please email Mark firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01443 408577 or 07846 994 916.
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Our storytelling sessions are specially designed for all the different age groups.
For Junior and Comprehensive aged children we use our illustrated chapter books and teenage novels to guide the children through the whole writing process, including drafting, text and illustration development, final cover design and the finished book, with a good dollop of storytelling in-between!
Can We Walk to the Moon?
How High Do Trees Grow?
(Two picture books written in verse)
Discovering the stories
behind the stories!
Children are encouraged to interact, spotting and counting various aspects in the story.
Remembering the Stories
with Wordsearch & Crossword Fun!
Encouraging children to come up with an exciting story using storyboards of their own!
What’s it like to be an author?
Polly's Magic Bubbles and the Quest for Dizzelwood
(Illustrated Chapter Book)
The Extraordinary Happenings of Peter Oddfellow:
The Old Umbrella
(Teenage / Young Adult Novel)
Our illustrated chapter book Midge - Prince of the Giants has been developed into a Health & Wellbeing Storytelling Session focussing on the Importance of Friendship and how children can Become true Giants by becoming better friends!
The session includes a standalone Storytelling session for Years 2, 3 & 4 for £95 which can then be extended into a full morning or afternoon session with a smaller group of children (maximum class of 25 - £175 Storytelling and Health & Wellbeing).
Health & Wellbeing
“The story telling session was extremely interesting and all children were hooked from the start with the practical introduction and build up to the book. The Health and Wellbeing follow on session based on everyone is special was a superb follow on from the book and was age appropriate. It allowed the children to discuss differences in a non threatening informal manner!
The children thoroughly enjoyed completing the fold up book too! You were very patient with the children questions and made it relevant to their ideas and suggestions. Diolch yn fawr, Mark.”
Gemma Howells, Ffynnon Taf Primary School
Please contact Mark on email@example.com for more details.