Category Archives: stories and education

The No Panic Book of Not Panicking – well-being through creative writing

The No Panic Book of Not Panicking – well-being through creative writing. Book Launch with readings from the book, 16 June, 6pm Sutton Library, Saint Nicholas Way, SM1 1EA. The event is part of London Creativity and Wellbeing week.  Tickets are free but booking is essential. The Visitors Lying in bed, I hear voices downstairs ‘It’s […]

Jordan – Land of Stories

‘There was, and there was not, but even so there was …’ is one way an Arabic fairytale starts. Stories can take us to fantastic lands, to the underworld or a glass mountain, to a girl living at the bottom of a well or a prince with one arm and one wing. I was honoured […]

Writing stories keeps you calm!

I have been working for the last 18 months with No Panic (Sutton and Merton branch). No Panic is a self-help group for those who suffer anxiety, panic attacks and phobias, it offers support and help, enabling sufferers to live more positively. The group has transformed peoples’ lives.  I was invited to work with the […]

Taking Tales Told in Tents into a primary school

Heathfield Junior School, Twickenham, are doing a month long project with year 4 pupils based on my book Tales Told in Tents (illustrated by Sophie Herxheimer and published by Frances Lincoln (2004). They will write and tell stories and learn about Central Asian cultures. I visited the school through Authors Aloud. I took with me […]

An unexpected journey – creative writing club!

Over the last term I have been running some creative writing workshops for Durand Academy, meeting a small group of year seven students and teacher Tiffany Knight  for our after school ‘creative writing club’. The club had one rule – no judging or criticizing yourself or others. Writing was not a test, it was an […]

Getting children to tell stories

Last week was National Storytelling Week, and there are many ways to explore telling stories. I was involved in a wonderful project at Gospal Oak Primary School, with Apples and Snakes. The project encouraged the whole school to tell stories. The school had devised an exciting structure for their project which can easily be adapted […]

Skype Stories

I had a skype conversation with Eric Miller and a group of his students from The Storytelling Institute in Chennai, South India. Eric and his team are working in diverse and creative ways to keep South Indian storytelling traditions alive, and develop new storytellers. They lead workshops to help storytellers extend their skills, and to […]


Story Bazaar is a multi-lingual storytelling performance project I am leading, in conjunction with Capital L, the London Consortium of Routes into Languages who support and encourage young people to study languages. The bazaar was traditionally the place where traders and travellers met to exchange goods, news and tales. Oral traditions are nourished by this mix […]