Eden Ballantyne is a storyteller who performs as a variety of historical characters, delivering stories and workshops with his own company Stories Alive. Having spent over 15 years performing all over the UK and Europe with a variety of theatre companies, Eden settled in Yorkshire to become a storyteller. He now spends most of his time performing in schools, libraries and museums, with his summers spent touring festivals.
As a professional children’s performance poet I travel all over the UK and Europe visiting primary schools and festivals in order to perform my work and lead exciting poetry writing workshops for children. I am widely published by Macmillan, Scholastic and Bloomsbury Books amongst many others and my work has been featured extensively on TV and radio here in the UK.
Ruthie Boycott-Garnett tells stories across the country to people of all ages. With a mix of traditional tales and fresh stories made on the spot (with a little help from the audience!) she weaves music, puppetry and imaginative play.
The Children's Art School
Welcome to The Children’s Art School!
We promote arts education as a tool to develop creative and innovative thinking. We promote arts activities to support child development and well-being.
Art education allows children to experiment, to find things out for themselves, to make their own decisions and to have the confidence to take risks. Quite simply art can teach children to be innovative.
I write books about unicorns, mermaids and stardust spirits as well as lots of other things…
Some of you may know my series My Secret Unicorn, Stardust, Skating School, Not Quite a Mermaid, Sophie and the Shadow Woods, Loving Spirit and Best Friends Bakery but I also have a secret identity that you might not know about…come to my event to find out more.
British Indian storyteller Peter Chand is one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers and is constantly in demand for his tales of wit and wisdom. He has shared his tales all across Britain and has also performed in Norway, France, Austria, Canada, and Singapore, amongst other countries. Peter grew up with Punjabi as his first language, and still visits family in the Punjab to collect folk tales, which he then translates into English and shares all around the world.
Chol is a small professional arts and theatre company based in Huddersfield.
Our aim is to create arts and culture projects that challenge discrimination and explore the positive values of diversity within society. Our artistic programme is driven by our desire to involve people in making art that responds to identity and locality. In particular we look at hidden stories, empowering ordinary people through the experience of making theatre, connecting people from different areas and different backgrounds to each other.
Curly Tales are a Yorkshire based children's theatre company. We create magical, theatrical experiences for children.
Tasneem Kausar is a West Yorkshire artist who has been greatly influenced by Japanese Anime/Manga from her early childhood. As well as organising local Anime/Manga events she enjoys promoting the whimsical art style through her own work as well as fun and interactive workshops, designed for all ages.
After many years as a teacher, latterly deputy head of a large inner-city comprehensive in Leeds, James first started working as poet and performer in 1996, and then ran a reading and writing development course Grassroots, in conjunction with Leeds Libraries in 1997/8. After that he spent three years as Reader in Residence for Kirklees Libraries, setting up reading groups and managing events in libraries throughout Kirklees.
He is a poet and performer with a growing reputation throughout the North and the UK.
New Writing North
Jeremy Bradfield is a professional musician and has delivered workshops around previous New Writing North shows including Hey, Presto! And Man in the Moon. Jeremy will teach you songs and get you up on your feet to explore the stories through music.
Claire Tustin has helped us tell our story each year, performing in all of our the New Writing North shows to date. Claire is a musician, actor and creative workshop leader and will take you on an adventure into an imaginary world, playing music and games along the way.
These workshops are a product of New Writing North’s touring theatre adaptations of contemporary children’s books.
Steve trained as a teacher of Drama, English and Film and taught in several schools and colleges before teaming up with Steve Barlow to become a full time author. He lives in Leicester and is a great rugby fan.
Alongside Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore is part of “The 2 Steves”. Steve Barlow is tall and hairy, Steve Skidmore isn’t! Together they are Britain’s most popular comedy writing and performing double act for young people.
Donavan, AKA - Dee Bo General has been writing poetry seriously for the past 15 years as a tool for self - expression and to tackle social problems via the sports participation and cultural equality (SPACE) project in Huddersfield.
He is currently working with young people on Rap poetry educational projects.
By engaging with young people and giving them the forum to share ideas and views, Donavan promotes cultural diversity and respect-for-all.
His workshops help young people capture and express their thoughts in a safe environment all done in a fun way.
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