Legend of the Rood Trailer

It’s two years since we were rehearsing and then performing ‘The Legend of the Rood’. Here I am slightly late with a trailer for the DVD.

Museum Storytelling Dice

Museum Storytelling Dice
When I was writer in residence at Time and Tide Museum, we had an open day with lots of storytelling activities. For one of them I took along some of Rory’s Storytelling Dice and these proved to be quite popular – one young girl stood there for 20 minutes and just rolled them again and ...

The Mystery Plays Unfold

The Mystery Plays Unfold
I’ve never directed four plays at once before but that’s exactly what’s happening with The Legend of the Rood, the Mystery Play Cycle that will be performed in and around the rural Norfolk village of Bergh Apton from May 24th – June 8th 2014. There are 50 actors taking part, all local people along with two ...

Big in Trinidad and Tobago 6

Big in Trinidad and Tobago
The  Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago emailed this week to order 500 copies of my book “Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years“. At first I thought it could be a phishing email but I called the number on the email today and it is for real. I’ve no idea how they came ...

The Legend of the Rood

The Legend of the Rood
In 2014 Bergh Apton village is ambitiously presenting a series of four Mystery plays which will be performed in one afternoon at different locations around the village. The audience will process with the actors across the parish. The plays are based on biblical stories linked by a the Legend of the Rood and will be ...

Story Doctor on Video 2

The Stories from the Sea project has just published a video on the Maritime Museum site to inspire writing for young children. I have published it here for easy reference. It features Mark Grist, John Agard, Louise Yates, Geraldine Durrant, Mary Anne Clark, Catherine Johnson, Ronda Armitage, David Carey – and watch out for David Farmer ...

Pirate Story Maps

Pirate Story Maps
When the Story Doctor has told his story and the children have made up some objects to include in their stories through drama, it’s time for them to make up their stories. They use a treasure map which doubles as a story map – they place objects on “X” marks the spot and after a ...

The Story Doctor 2

The Story Doctor
Over halfway through the writer-in-residence project at Time and Tide museum now. My sessions with the children (aged 5-7 years) have evolved. Now I am the… Story Doctor. I have a white coat with words written on it which they can use in their stories. The children meet a pirate before coming to me. I ...

Oh Deary Deary

Libraries are no longer useful. People don’t need to borrow books. They should buy them instead. Gone are the days when people went to libraries to look things up. Now they can just go online instead. Save millions by closing libraries! Thanks for your recommendations in The Guardian, Terry Deary. As you say, it’s much ...

Stories from the Sea

I’m very excited to be appointed as writer in residence at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. In the Stories from the Sea project myself and rapper Mark Grist aim to encourage “the young writers of tomorrow” (5-7 year olds) to take inspiration from the museum collections – through the theme of Pirates. We’ll be running workshops there to ...