National Storytelling Week is always a busy time for authors and not least for our client Liverpool-based writer Jude Lennon.
This week Jude has been busy visiting children and parents at Windmill Hill Primary School to share her passion for storytelling. She also managed to squeeze in a visit to 9th Birkenhead North Brownies where the girls are working towards some new badges for reading and writing.
Here’s her latest news:
Pupils at a Runcorn school along with their parents celebrated National Storytelling Week by taking part in a series of creative workshops on Monday 29th January.
The workshops at Windmill Hill Primary School were run by professional storyteller Jude Lennon, owner of Little Lamb Tales.
Miss Lennon, who has recently returned from an extensive research trip to South America, worked with pupils and their parents throughout the day to emphasise the importance of the spoken word for reading, writing and creativity.
Miss Lennon, who launched her storytelling business four years ago, told a range of stories including folklore, traditional tales and stories from around the world.
She said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to share my passion for storytelling with youngsters and the workshops were designed to inspire their reading, writing and creativity.
“The workshops not only encourage good listening skills among children but they also help build confidence and encourage children to communicate better.
The workshops were followed on Wednesday by a visit to 9th Birkenhead North Brownies where Miss Lennon spoke to the girls about her work as an author.
Miss Lennon, who has published 10 children’s books to date and has several more due for publication this year, also read stories and took questions from the Brownies.
Members of the Brownie unit in Claughton, Birkenhead, are currently working towards several badges including their Reading Hack Badge, Book Lover Badge and Writer Badge and the aim of the visit from Miss Lennon was to support this work.
The writer, who regularly visits schools and community groups as part of her work as an author, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to visit the Brownie unit and to talk about my work as an author.
“The youngsters were very interested in the creative process I go through to write my stories and I’m hoping my talk has given them some useful advice and tips which will help them achieve their reading and writing badges.”
In addition to the author talk, girls within the group will be creating their own comic strips and taking part in a writing competition as part of the work required to gain their badges.
Miss Lennon added: “Several of the group told me they had written stories of their own. It’s really fantastic to see so many children enthused and engaged in reading and writing outside of school.
“I wish the girls every success in achieving their badges and i feel honoured to be involved in their activities.”
For more information on author Jude Lennon and her author visits to schools and community groups visit the website https://littlelambpublishing.co.uk/.