“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 2020 will be 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 back at the Yarkhill Field to Fork Festival on a sunny day in June and enjoyed a fine day of storytelling in a beautiful bell tent. It was a wonderful opportunity to share some of our favourite stories and to spend time with lots of children and their families.
We’ve been invited to join the launch party for The Gruffalo Trail on September 17th at Queenswood Country Park on Dinmore Hill near Leominster. See the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust website for more details of this exciting family event, including the park and ride scheme, see http://www.herefordshirewt.org
Coming up in the Autumn is a CPD session at Bishops Wood Environmental Centre in Worcestershire – suitable for Early Years, Primary School and Forest School educators. More info coming soon…
The Story Play programme at Grange Court came to a close at the end of January and the children from Oaks Children’s Group in Leominster made their last visit to the studio to listen to their favourite stories. It has been a very satisfying and fulfilling project and since November 2014 we have shared eighteen Story Time sessions! – and two CPD workshops for educators. The benefits of a long term programme were appreciated by all involved. Many thanks to the Herefordshire Community Foundation and also to ACWM for providing the funds for this work. Thanks also to the Reception Volunteers at Grange Court for the support they gave to the children – the warmest of welcomes as they came in through the door and always managing to find a place to park the turtle bus.
Coming up soon is a visit to Lugwardine Primary Academy for World Book Day on Thursday March 3rd and a CPD workshop for Herefordshire Forest Schools Group on Saturday 2nd April. See www.herefordshireforestschools.org.uk