Colin The Storyteller is available for bookings in schools, libraries, bookshops etc. also for lunch clubs, U3a, WI etc.
Storytelling is very useful for multicultural events, raising literacy levels, improving writing skills, speaking and listening, curriculum areas - such as looking at particular parts of the world or perhaps historical events like the second world war etc.
Colin's own self-penned stories for older children address some of these areas as indicated below:
Leroy & The Duppy Man - Jamaica
Miranda & The Crab Hunt - Jamaica
Antonio & The Maya Princess - Mexico & Pre-Columbian civilisation
Connor & The Prize Pig - Rural Ireland
Connor & The Secret Cave - Ireland & the Armada
Aily - Scotland, rural/urban contrast & bullying
Pawel's War - World War 2, invasion of Poland.
The Story of St Columba - Celtic Christianity/Dark Ages
The Story of St Patrick - Celtic Christianity
Grace O'Malley, the Irish Pirate Queen - Tudor times in Ireland
The Snow Leopard - Nepal/Sherpas
Between A Rock & A Hard Place - secondary science (The Rock Cycle)
Other stories are traditional tales from many cultures which can be tailored for your event.
Colin tells traditional tales from many lands such as:
S. Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Thailand, China, Nepal, Mexico, Peru,
Hawaii, United States, Native American, England, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Germany,
Norway, Australia, Jamaica etc.
The story sessions for children involve much audience participation in making sound effects with various percussion instruments, taking part in simple dances where appropriate, a little drama etc etc.
"It was tingling happiness" Reception child, Wembrook Primary School, Nuneaton.
"Lovely interactive activities! Children were really involved in the story. Great pace. Children loved the voices and instruments" Shustoke Primary School.
"I found the story really interesting and helpful to me because I am doing a project about World War 2. I hope you come to our school again and tell us another great story." Anisha year 6, St Giles Junior School, Bedworth.
"Children loved it. Very interactive. Kept all children and staff engaged!" Year 2 teacher, Chilvers Coton Infant School.
FOR OLDER AUDIENCES
Events for older audiences often take the form of amusing observations on life today interspersed with some songs and followed by a selection of short stories. Alternatively, for such sessions, there is also the possibility, if desired, of hearing stories only.
British and Irish Folk Tales.
Redmond O'Hanlon, The Irish Robin Hood.
Grace O'Malley, an amazing woman & pirate queen in Tudor Ireland.
Myths & Legends From Around The World.
The Only Woman to Successfully Escape from the Penal Colony of Australia
The Legend & History of Coffee
Tales of Murder & The Supernatural
How Drinking Chocolate first came to England
"Very entertaining. Pitched at the right level for our audience. We hope to see you back." Chris Jones, Whittington Wednesday Club.
"Enjoyed everything very much." Sheila Owen, Salvation Army Ladies Group, Nuneaton.
"Really enjoyable morning - very entertaining." Joan, Tuesday Ladies Group, Binley.
"I'm glad I booked Colin. He was very entertaining." Secretary, SHARE group, Walsgrave, Coventry.
"Colin kept our group enthralled for an hour without stopping. Best medicine I've ever taken." Gerry Howe, Jubilee Club, Nuneaton.
"Enjoyed immensley by all the ladies." Margaret, Phoenix Club, Burbage, Hinckley.
Colin's 30 years experience as a teacher provides him with expertise to undertake the following:
One to one tuition in English Language.
Advanced DBS checked.
Public Liability Insurance.