Author Archives: Emily at Story Island

About Emily at Story Island

Storyteller and workshop facilitator

Storytelling sessions at Balham Nursery Children’s Centre (28/9; 5/10; 12/10; 19/10 2015)


Coming Up! Storytelling sessions at Balham Nursery Children’s Centre (28/9; 5/10; 12/10; 19/10 2015), 72 Endlesham Road, Balham.

I’m holding storytelling sessions at Balham Nursery Children’s Centre with lots of stories, songs, rhymes and more. As well as hearing some great tales you’ll learn new ideas for bringing stories to life. Sessions run from 2.30-3pm for children aged 0-3 years, and 3.30-4.15pm for children aged 3-7 years. All sessions are free of charge but space is limited so do book in with Balham Nursery Children’s Centre by calling 02086734055.

Coming Up! ‘Beyond the Book’ Story Skills for Parents


Coming Up! ‘Beyond the Book’ Story Skills for Parents (5 week course, beginning 24 February 2015, Balham Community Centre, 91 Bedford Hill SW12 9HE, 1pm – 2.30pm)

I’m very excited to be offering this course for the first time this February. Storytelling with your child is a wonderful way of creating warmth and special memories. It’s also great for sparking children’s imaginations and literacy. If, like me, you want to be the best storyteller you can for your child, but you would like to gain some new skills and ideas and build your confidence to let your imagination fly, this course is for you. Over five weeks we’ll practice a range of simple techniques, tell stories, listen to stories, share ideas, discuss what types of stories work for different age groups and temperaments and hopefully have a great deal of fun and cake. The course is directed at parents and carers, including grandparents, but children are welcome to come along with you. Please contact me at or phone 07547269414 to make a booking. As its the first time I will be offering this course and a bit of an experiment there is no cost, although a contribution to help cover costs is requested.

‘The Emperor and the Nightingale’ at Tooting Community Garden, 5 North Drive, Tooting Bec, Sunday 25 Feb 2015… free

  • ‘The Emperor and the Nightingale’ at Tooting Community Garden, 5 North Drive, Tooting Bec, Sunday 25 Feb 2015… free

Its the Big Bird Watch weekend and the folks down at Tooting Community Garden are keeping their peepers open for our feathered friends to report to the RSPB. Post the bird watch action, I’ll be telling a feathery tale at 11.45am. Get there for 10.30am with your binoculars to help out in the bird watch, then sit down with a nice cup of tea for the story. More info at Transition Town Tooting.

Grand-along story revealed


I love this little article about the Grand-along storytelling Workshop for grandparents and children that I co facilitated with my friend Greet Pauwelijn from Book Island this past January. It gives a sense of how magical the workshop was includes the wacky yet utterly lovely story that the participants came up with as a group. The only thing it doesn’t mention is that the method of story-making was adapted from TimeSlips. If anyone is interested in working with elders and creativity I strongly recommend looking up this method and doing the training. It was a revelation to me and I continue to use the method in all sorts of circumstances including the Story Bridge project.


Story Bridge Project news

Here’s an article about an inter-generational storytelling project called The Story Bridge I developed and facilitated in partnership with my friend Greet, director of publishing company Book Island. The project was funded by the Kapiti Coast District Council via the Creative Communities Scheme and based on the children’s book Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire. The experience of bringing children and elders together to co-create imaginative stories was truly magical, and one I hope to achieve more funding for to repeat in the future.

For more info about the project, including to read some of the weird and wonderful stories created have a look at my website under ‘projects’.

Emily xxx

Guest blog about the Story Bridge project at Booksellers NZ blog


One of the lovely things about being a storyteller is being involved in creative collaborations and projects. I’m currently working with Greet Pauwelijn, owner of Book Island , publisher of children’s books in translation, on the Story Bridge project. Story Bridge is an inter-generational storytelling and story-making project, involving a local primary school and rest home. It was inspired by the beautiful and moving new Book Island title Maia and What Matters’ by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire. I’ve written a guest blog about the project at the booksellers NZ blog.