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Storytellers

Stories have been handed down throughout the ages, some have never been written down and they are recreated in the storytellers own words, others are written down for posterity. 
 
Generations of youngsters have been entertained by their elders as a way of passing down traditions, teaching moral values or just for amusement and pleasure.
 
Here are a selection of our Storytellers available for hire
 
Adam Bushnell is an experienced storyteller and author who has taught in schools all over the UK in both state and private education.  He is now an author and has written many childrens books as well as running a storytelling business working in schools, colleges, libraries, museums, galleries, shopping centres, parks, nurseries, out of school clubs, etc.
 
 
Adam Bushnell Story teller Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear
Amanda Hadlett is a teacher who uses her talent for storytelling alongside her husband Mark to bring tales to children using his musical talent to enhance the experience. Appropriately themed costumes can be worn if required. They're ideal for Medieval fayres, Victorian events, Halloween, Christmas stories, bespoke stories welcomed.
Mark & Amanda Hadlett Storytellers Teesside
Teesside
Derek Carpenter has been storytelling for number years using his two characters Kamishibai Man and Williams Wordmonger. Japanese Kamishibai Theatre is a picture card method of storytelling using the back of a two-wheel bike. The stories can be designed to stimulate philosophical discussions in children and can be personalised to suit any curriculum. Williams Wordmonger tells stories using rhyme, sing-a-long music and generally interacting with children and adults alike, the aim being to get children interested in words! He carries his portable peddlers pack on his back as a mobile resource encouraging children to play with words.
Derek Carpenter Storyteller, Kamishibia
Tyne & Wear
Fionnaghal is a member of the Society for Storytelling. She specialises in tales from Britain and Ireland expecially Berkshire, Oxfordshire and other parts of central Southern England. Some tales are true, whilst the origins of others are lost in the mist of time. Fionnaghal is ideal for storytelling festivals, clubs, country parks, schools, libraries and various other events.
Fionnaghal Storyteller Herts
Berkshire
Gary Cordingley has been a storyteller both nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Aw well as being the southwest rep for the Society of Storytelling he is a multi-talented disciplined professional artist with a background in street theatre, storytelling, illustration, drama and music. His stories are suitable for a range of ages and abilities and he is ideal for schools, museums, libraries, theatres... fields, woodlands or railway stations.
Gary Cordingley Storyteller Cornwall
Cornwall
Keith Donnelly specialises in highly interactive stories and songs for children, inviting participation, stretching of imagination and stimulating creativity with every tale and tune. His repertoire is such that he seems to have songs and stories for every imaginable topic (as well as many that you won't have imagined yet!) All his songs, and many of his stories, are accompanied by Keith's unique 'Picture Guitar' and occasionally a didgeridoo). Author of 'I Wish I Was A Monkey' 
Keith Donnelly and his Picture Guitar Storyteller from South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
Marion Kenny has been a master storyteller since 1994 and has performed, researched and taught internationally. She is a charismatic live performer, highly regarded multi-instrumentalist. She plays Chinese harp, Chinese bamboo flute, Chinese reed flute, Balinese bamboo flute and concert flute. Her talents hold no bounds. She is ideal for all types of storytelling events.
Marion Kenny Storyteller and Musician Edinburhg
Edinburgh
Pete Baynes Storyteller using puppets
Pete Baynes Storyteller Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Peter Optical is a professional storyteller who weaves a story with a skill that appeals to all ages. His stories are often interwoven with magic, music and song. By linking together his energetic and expressive delivery of stories with an uncomplicated approach, Peter's unique storytelling performances offer an entertaining and thought provoking storytelling experience. All stories are 'told' not read (never scripted) never the same twice, therefore in their telling they are spontaneous and vibrant. Ideal for large or small venues from schools, libraries, art and community centres, places of worship, woods or meadows, Peter's stories are designed in length to suit adults and children alike. Author of 'Tales from the Shore and More'
Peter Optical Storyteller from Essex
Essex
Shelley O'Brien owner and creator of Mad Alice Theatre creates traditional and original stories for audiences aged over 13yrs
Shelley O'Brien of Mad Alice Storytelling Co Durham
Co Durham
Ursula Holden-Gill crafts traditional stories with an impish wit and bags of expression that are founded on a life-long love of folklore and fairy tale. However she excels and specialises in telling tales of everyday; real and likfe-affirming stories that boldly confront the challenges bamboozling us all with savvy spirit, street wise sensitivity and a fistful of urban charm. She loves original stories as much as stories of Witches, Myths and Legends. Ideal for all sizes of audiences adult and children alike. Author of 'There are Fairies in the Gutter' stories and songs
Ursula Holden-Gill Storyteller South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
What are the benefits of Storytelling in Schools? 
 
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 Storytelling promotes a feeling of well being and relaxation
 
 Increases children's willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings
 
 Encourages active participation
 
 Storytelling increases verbal proficiency
 
 Encourages use of imagination and creativity
 
 Storytelling enhances listening skills