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Farah Downing – author, literacy and art workshops

farah-bw smlI 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.


Contact: farahjdowning@gmail.com


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Ali Roscoe – Eye Opener Arts

Having worked in the field of creative education for over 30 years I have vast experience of inspiring children and young people and unearthing their creative potential through exciting workshops and adventures.

My creative ideas emanate from my love of narrative and nature.  I take stories, overheard conversations and day to day observations and weave them into new beings through drawing, painting, collage and textiles.  I take simple words and they evolve into a 3D installation.  I never know what will happen, but something does!

I’m a recyclomaniac by the way, so whatever you throw away I will breathe new life into it.


E –  pcpurrs@hotmail.com


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All Seasons Storymakers

For all seasonsAll Seasons Storymakers are Laura Salmon and Lisa Fresle. We have a treasure trove of tales and tunes from Cornwall and all around the world, to suit any theme you are working with. We invite your group to join in with percussion, song or rhyme, becoming story characters, making the sound of the whistling wind or crashing waves.  We can make instruments, puppets, craft, even devise new stories or music together. It is a fun way to support various areas of learning, including literacy, speaking and listening, creativity, environmental and local studies. We can offer sessions according to your budget.

Email   allseasonsse@hotmail.co.uk

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Cliff Eastabrook – The Travelling Talesman

The Travelling Talesman (Cliff Eastabrook) delivers lively tellings and stimulating workshops for ages 6 and upward.

Past and repeat clients include: Childrens International Arts Organisation Annual Festival, National Trust, English Heritage and numerous schools.

Originally specialising in Northern European tales, folklore and mythologies Cliff has over many years expanded to include material from most continents and many time periods.

Cliff offers themed sessions tie-ing into historic school projects including: The Iron Age; The Vikings;  Victorian Poetry; Medieval Life.

Cliff particularly enjoys outdoor tellings and for his storywalks he creates a new mythology for a place based on site-specific features using traditional story elements and structure.

He is also a professional musician and has many years experience of film making (initially as a sound recordist)  so where additional elements are required for a project he is equipped to deliver.




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Mark Harandon – storyteller/character actor

Mark is a storyteller/character actor and live interpreter working with all age ranges from primary to adult.  He works with schools and organisations to find ways into topics; teaches storytelling to support literacy and uses performance storytelling in all kinds of venues.  When appropriate he creates interactive characters to tell stories.

With a background in teaching theatre, and as a storyteller for 30 years, his style is characterised by a large lively, sensitive delivery with strong characterisation, full of drama and humour.

He creates and delivers educational programmes and events for the National Trust and others and so his work embraces diverse subjects .  As such he is used to devising work to order.  Mark has also advised and trained teachers and national organisations in the use of stories as “hooks” in learning programmes.

Email   captainofthewest@hotmail.co.uk

Web   Mark Harandon

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Emma Spurgin-Hussey – playwright & creative writing

I’m a playwright and offer workshops on writing plays, as well as theatre- and creative writing-workshops. I’m used to working very flexibly so can create workshops to fit in with curriculum work and special projects, as well as provide masterclasses in playwriting – and can offer shorter workshops or activity spanning an entire week.

I’ve been leading workshops for over 20 years and worked with (amongst many others): Plymouth Theatre Royal; RIO; Cornwall Youth Theatre Company; Truro School; Brannel School; Bodmin College; Treviglas College; Stoke Damerel Primary School; Penryn College; Hall for Cornwall.

As well as writing and leading workshops I’m an actor and director, and co-run Bedlam Theatre Company of Cornwall and Bedlam Youth Theatre.

Contact: 01872 272695 or email esh@bedlamtc.co.uk


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Natasha Carthew – poet and novelist

Natasha Carthew is a well-known Cornish Writer with Four books to her name. Her first book for Young Adults WINTER DAMAGE (Bloomsbury Publishing) was nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for several national awards including the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2014. Her second book THE LIGHT THAT GETS LOST will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. She is passionate about creative writing and engaging with young people to explore their imaginations, emotions and the environment around them. She is known for her dynamic and adaptable approach to writing, especially writing out of doors, nature and wild writing. She is also a survival expert and trained walks guide.

Natasha is available for full or half day workshops and readings and has experience with working with both primary and secondary students.

Contact for bookings & enquiries through website: http://natashacarthew.moonfruit.com/


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Harriet Hopkinson – novelist & creative writing workshops

I am a novelist and creative writing workshop leader. I am passionate about language and literature. Sharing this enthusiasm with pupils lies at the heart of my teaching style: my workshops enable students to explore the technical aspects of writing in a fun and engaging way. Recent sessions have included work on: character, plot, narrative voice, ‘showing not telling’, setting, point of view and language.

I use a range of stimuli – photographs, objects, poems, music, articles and extracts from novels – to inspire students and build their confidence. Pupils participate in a wide variety of activities, such as games, writing exercises, discussion, group work and most importantly, the space to experiment with language and write extended pieces of work. This enables all students to develop their skills no matter what their age or level of expertise. ‘

She’s one of the best teachers in the history of teachers!’ Year 3 pupil ‘Thank you for a great course. It really did what I hoped it would do – give me the confidence in my ability to actually get writing.’

For more information, please see www.harriethopkinson.co.uk

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Blazing Tales – a creative arts workshop company

Blazing Tales are a creative arts workshop company who combine art forms to make new creative outcomes with groups. providing a participatory, dynamic and empathic approach to art making for all through visual art, music, song-writing, storytelling and digital media.

Working with all ages and stages, on bold or intimate projects where the creative process is balanced with innovative results. They are ready-made team of specialist artists with a short hand to delivering inspirational workshops.

Blazing Tales team of artists are:

Music – Hugh Nankivell,

Visual Art – Cara Roxanne

Story Work – Sara Hurley

Digital Media – Tony Walker

More about Blazing Tales can be found here Blazing Tales CV




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Alice Maddicott – Poet, writer, artist

I am a poet, script and fiction writer and artist with a special interest in site-specific work, memory, secret history and hidden stories. I have strong craft skills and extensive outdoor learning experience. I am passionate about creative learning and have extensive experience running workshops at home and abroad, including being official writer for the 60th anniversary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, creative partner in schools and workshop leader at The Peasant Museum and Natural History museum in Bucharest. As a poet I have performed in England and Serbia, and as a scriptwriter I have written for CBeebies.

Details of my art and writing projects can be seen at www.andtheghostssosilver.com



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