Feeling the fear at story time – a guest blog I wrote for Pen Green

Posted on Oct 11, 2018 in Blog

  Feeling the fear at story time Posted on: 30th August 2018 by Kayleigh Russell A guest blog by Wendy Duncan What does story time mean to you? I remember feeling the fear. Facing the sea of faces expectantly waiting for the magic of story time to begin. Were they all waiting to be transported […]

Why The Ugly Duckling didn’t become beautiful

Posted on Oct 10, 2018 in Blog

The Story of The Ugly Duckling   When I began to research the Hans Christian Anderson classic tale of The Ugly Duckling I was reminded of just how difficult a time the little duckling had. I was very interested to read that many think that the story was in a way autobiographical. Hans Christian Anderson […]

Tinned Memories

Posted on May 28, 2018 in Blog

Today I used the last spoonful of a tin of Tate and Lyle treacle in some porridge bread I was making. I was looking at the familiar shiny red tin with the instantly recognisable scene of the lion and bees and I had an urge to keep the tin and repurpose it. I didn’t know […]

Reflections on the Oxford Reading Spree – Part Two

Posted on Mar 12, 2018 in Blog

Mary Myatt whose twitter bio says: “I talk with pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. Latest book ‘Hopeful Schools’” Mary also has a website http://marymyatt.com Mary’s first slide was a picture with the title ‘The Gobbetisation of the curriculum.’ Well I was flummoxed and thought I am not going to have a […]

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, […]