Farah Downing – author, literacy and art workshops
I studied Engish & Drama at Exeter University and specialise in combining Writing, Drama and Art to boost creativity and help children reach their potential. I have been a teacher for many years and have been fortunate enough to work in a wide range of settings with varying roles. I also write stories for children and run Literacy workshops in schools using my stories as a springboard. Some schools have chosen to use the text as the backbone of topic work.
My first story for children ‘Paradise Park After Dark’ was published in collaboration with the wildlife sanctuary of the same name and the St Ives printing press. The story was released in conjunction with 40th birthday celebrations for the sanctuary last spring, is aimed at 3-7 year olds and tells the tale of what the animals get up to at night once the park is shut to visitors. The response from children and schools to ‘Paradise Park After Dark’ has been amazing! I am currently working on a multi-schools based Art & Literature project with my new story Tyrannosaurus Tate.