Carl Merry Talespinner

Stories Told with Humour, Passion, Wit, and Understanding


Educational Storytelling in Your Classroom

Book educational storytelling workshops and programmes from Carl Merry Talespinner. Backed by extensive teaching and education experience, I provide a variety of school workshops and programmes for both students and teachers. I have visited many schools in Essex and beyond, with great success in both telling stories and conducting workshops. Having worked with the Essex Schools Advisory Service, I am always willing to discuss ideas for projects with teachers and offer linked English work based on my story sessions. Get in touch today for more information.

What I Offer

When I visit a school, as well as telling a selection of tales from my repertoire, I often work with children and help them to create their own stories. I frequently use some of the stories I have been telling for many years as a starting point for newly created written or oral stories, or to create oral retellings of the tales.

As well as educational storytelling sessions, I offer English work linked to my visit and storytelling workshops for both pupils and teachers. Visits can be structured to fit in with themes already being explored in the curriculum, or specific project work can be undertaken.

School Programmes

All school programmes can be adapted to suit the needs of the school. New bespoke programmes can be created if desired. My school programmes include:

School Programmes List

  • “The Magic Eye”: A Journey into Other Worlds of the Imagination

  • “A World of Stories”: Tales from around the Globe

  • “Tales of the Welsh Fairy Folk and the Tricks They Play”

  • “Tales Which Explain the World”: Stories of How Things Came to Be

  • Tales from East Anglia

  • Tales from Ireland

  • “Brave Men and Clever Women”

  • Greek Myths

  • The Arabian Nights

  • Canterbury Tales. Stories from Chaucer’s masterpiece (Secondary Schools)

  • Tales from Shakespeare (Secondary Schools)

  • Irish Hero Fion Mac Cumhail (Secondary Schools)

  • The Problem of Prometheus (Secondary Schools)

School Workshops

All workshops can be adapted to fulfil the requirements of individual schools, and new ones can be created by arrangement. My workshops include:

School Workshop List

  • Encouraging Speaking and Listening through Tried-and-Tested “Story Games”

  • “From Text to Mouth”: Moving a Story from the Book to an Oral Retelling

  • Create Your Own “Greek Myth”

  • Creating a Picture Book of a Traditional Tale

  • Creative Writing

  • The Essex Witch Trials of 1645 (Secondary Schools)

  • Exploration of Various Shakespeare Plays

  • INSET for Teachers on Developing Their Own Storytelling Skills (See Below)

  • Telling Tales – A Beginner’s Workshop in Oral Storytelling

  • Choosing Your Stories – A Look at Repertoire and Suitability for Your Audience

Shaping Literacy with Storytelling

Experienced in educational storytelling, I offer an array of school workshops and programmes.

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