“Arts make the Difference.”
Story Play® provides storytelling in schools and sessions for early years settings.
Story Play® has been developed over many years by Carol Florence Graham who is a professional storyteller and writer. Carol has a degree in English and American Literature; a background in holistic education, a training in dramatherapy, and the Level Three Forest School Practitioner’s Award. She delivers storytelling workshops in schools and in many other settings across England and Wales, and also CPD for educators. Projects include working with Nursery to Year 4 at a local primary school; a storytelling project in South Wales; CPD workshops at the Bishops Wood Centre in Worcestershire, and workshops for Montessori International in London. Find out more about Story Play projects on the blog page.
New for 2019-20 are workshops and author visits to accompany ‘The Woodcutter’s Tale’ published by Ragged Bears and available in the autumn of 2019. These sessions explore the power of the imagination, kindness, and the importance of respecting nature and living sustainably.
For details of her other work – www.storyspace.co.uk
Story Play® works towards:
- Creating a nurturing environment in which creativity can flourish.
- Being fully inclusive and encouraging and celebrating each person’s involvement.
- Working openly and collaboratively.
- Creating a positive and enjoyable experience for all involved.
- Supporting children’s creative, linguistic and social development.
- Encouraging educators and families to share stories and poetry with children.
Story Play is a member of the Creative Connections Herefordshire
and Carol is a member of the Forest School Association
The Story Play artwork was created in 2013 by textile artist Kathleen Murphy of Murgatroyd and Bean.
Story Play was commissioned by the Ledbury Poetry Festival to create sessions for under 5s in two pre-school settings. This was co-ordinated by the Children’s Centre in Ledbury and developed work that took place in the Forest School there in 2014. This year’s workshops were so enjoyable and I was very grateful for the support and encouragement received from the staff and volunteers I worked with. In each session two groups set off with a Rainbow Ribbon on a poetry, rhyme and storytelling adventure ….using lines from Wordsworth and George Meredith as the inspiration.
“The children loved the sessions”
“The quietness was refreshing – gentle pace and beautiful vocabulary”
“Loved the bubbles too”
The storytelling sessions at the recent Gruffalo’s Spring Picnic at Queenswood near Leominster took place in the new yurt. This was a beautiful setting for the sharing of stories and created a very special atmosphere. The park was filled with activities and there were lots of visitors enjoying the sunshine and the sight of trees in full blossom.