Type of Artist:
Storytime “joining-in” sessions for Early Year/Reception
Storybook session with told stories and talk about picture books for KS1 classes.
Author Talks for KS2 classes.
Creative Writing Workshops by special arrangement.
“Being a Children’s Writer” talks for adults.
Training: workshops on storytelling for teachers, teaching assistants, librarians, library staff, coaches, scout leaders, youth leaders, teenagers/young adults (accredited courses on storytelling being developed)
Consultancies and research on storytelling/story time practices
DetailsPreferred age range:
Story or author sessions: all primary age ranges.
Writing Days/Workshops KS2 only.
Maximum number in any one session:
Story & Author sessions: Usually two classes at a time. (Max approx 60 children)
Three classes/ assembly sessions possible.
Class sized group for any writing activities. (Max approx 30 children)
No of sessions per day:
Depends on distance being travelled and school timetable.
Usually 4 sessions.
35 mins approx for Early Years Groups
40 mins approx for KS1 and “Assembly” type sessions
50 – 60 mins for KS2 sessions
Areas prepared to travel to:
All areas within reasonable travelling distance of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Other areas considered if travel & overnight expenses are covered, depending on commitments and time of year.
Usually by car at 40p per mile.
Please email us for details
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Penny Dolan website
A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E (Bloomsbury)
The Third Elephant (Walker)
Journey To The Centre of The Earth (EDGE – Classics Retold)
Spiggy Red (Skylarks)
Mr Pod & Mr Piccalilli (Walker Picture Book)
A Christmas Carol (Collins Big Cat)
Red Riding Hood Rap, Big Bad Blob, The Wrong House and other Franklin Watts early reader titles.
“Thank you very much for coming to our school and opening our new learning centre. I loved the assembly you did. You have a great sense of humour, which is good for a writer to have. I especially liked it when you read us Big Bad Blob. .. You have encouraged us to write lots more stories. You are funny I like you. I am hoping to become a writer like you one day. Any tips? The school really enjoyed you answering our questions. Half the school want to be authors now.
Love from all the Children X.
Ps Thank you for coming to our school. We really enjoyed it.” Extract from a letter from a primary school class:.
"Thank you so much for visiting us. The feedback from the children of all ages has been very positive. They found it stimulating, interesting and very enjoyable. I do hope you will be able to join us again soon." - Literacy Co-ordinator
"I would like to thank you so much for the wonderful storytelling sessions you held in Hull libraries. They were a great success. There has been a lot of positive feedback from parents and it was obvious from the children's faces that they were having a great time. I had such a lovely time as well. It was a real treat." - Bookstart Project Officer
"Thank you for visiting our school. The expression when you read is lovely. It really inspired me to be a writer when I'm older. The story you told us was brilliant." - Year 4 Pupil. "Yesterday Penny Dolan came to school. She writes stories. We read Roly Poly Rice Ball and then we read Red Riding Hood Rap. She talked about her ideas. It was good." - Year 1 Pupil.
"I did not know an author could be funny." - Year 2 pupil.
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