Reflections on the Oxford Reading Spree – Part One

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 in Blog

Earlier this year I attended the Oxford Reading Spree at Larkrise Primary School. The event was organised by one of the teachers of the school, Mr Ed Finch.  Mr Finch is a very passionate teacher. Larkrise and it’s pupils must feel blessed to have him. I wanted to go to the event because Mary Roche […]

I am an author

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 in Blog

Hello, my name is Wendy, and I am an author. It doesn’t feel real when I say it and yet it is. In fact it’s soo real I was asked to attend a local author event, as a local author. As the day of my second story being printed gets closer, I guess feel a […]

Storytelling in Dublin – Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 in Blog

Storytelling is a gift Dubliners own. “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” is what our tour guide told us as we travelled on the top deck of the open top bus around Dublin. He bemoaned the use of Google by his passengers who could check up on the ‘facts’ […]

Living and teaching in Okinawa, Japan

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 in Blog

“Oh wow, you lived in Japan? What was that like?” is most people’s reaction when I tell them I lived in Okinawa for three years teaching English. Well, it was an amazing experience for a start. I don’t think I can fully describe three years of living on a tropical island working as a peripatetic […]

How to improve your story telling

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 in Blog

In this blog I hope to share some useful tips on how to improve your story telling. One major impact on story telling is the area in which you chose to tell your story. In my last blog I spoke about setting the scene. This was about creating the ideal space for story telling, be […]

Story Telling – Setting the Scene

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog

When I worked in nurseries I used to look forward to doing story time. Now, as a nanny, I often find we struggle to fit reading into our day with the exception of the obligatory school reading. Perhaps one reason is that I don’t put the children to bed very often. In a home environment, […]

Perpetual Pinning

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog

Do you use Pinterest? I go through periods of madly pinning and trying to keep things organised and efficient, so I can find things again, (fighting a losing battle there). Then I completely forget about Pinterest altogether, until I get a notification to tell me someone has pinned one of my images. In the beginning, […]

Spicy PIPs

Posted on May 8, 2015 in Blog

Each of our kamishibai comes with a PIP, but what is a PIP I hear you cry? PIP is an acronym for Planning Ideas Pack. Our PIPs provide a variety of activity ideas which are designed to complement the story of The Gingerbread Man.  The activities are divided into the areas of learning and are […]

World Book Day

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Blog

World Book Day will soon be upon us.  This is the 18th year of World Book Day and it will be held on March 5th.  The purpose of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore and discover the joy of reading. I think one way to get children […]

Scrumpalicious and other such words

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 in Blog

“But you’re not really an author are you Wendy?” the children ask!  My current charges are not quite convinced of my credentials despite having seen my name in print on The Gingerbread Man, despite having heard the story, despite having said  “that was really good”, and despite seeing me on You Tube.