A final farewell to Anna Conomos but news from our Conference and catch Anna with Oxford CBG on Youtube

As 2016 ended, so did the Jean Russell Storytelling Project as we said a final farewell to our brilliant storyteller Anna Conomos at the grand finale StoryFest at Oxford. Over 150 Year 3 and 4 children from 3 local schools learned and performed together the well-known Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts to an audience of children, VIPs and even the Lord Mayor of Oxford. Click on the link above to watch a video about the project and the benefits of performance storytelling with interviews with the children, teachers, Anna and the organisers of the project.

The project engaged 1,800 children in 19 schools and the children’s ward at the Great Qestern Hospital in Swindon, 80 teachers and parents at workshops and 19 Oxford Brookes Education students to ensure the project can be sustained. Click here to read more about each project.

Every one of the 6 particpating groups worked incredibly hard to make ech project a success. There was nothing but praise for Anna:

“The children loved the experience. The teachers thought she was brilliant.”.

‘It was terrific how Anna involved all the children in the performance storytelling. It is a great gift she has not only in her acting and storytelling skills but how she was able to gauge the session to make it appropriate for the age of the children. I would certainly have her come to the school again.’

‘I really enjoyed the session and I think that the project to bring a storyteller into school to children that perhaps would not have seen any type of performance, a brilliant idea. I think it could certainly inspire some teachers to have a go at storytelling in this way.’

Contact us at info@fcbg.org.uk if you would like to know more about the project.

Having wound up one project we are now hard at work on the next big event which is our highly enjoyable Conference, open to members and non-members alike. This year it is being held at Reading and includes Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate and political cartoonist of The Observer, TV historian and local girl Lucy Worsley, rising stars and firm favoruites. Booking ends on Friday 10th March 2017. Click here to download the booking form and here for the programme.

And finally, it is not long now before the Top Ten in this year’s Children’s Book Award are revealed. Follow us on Facebook to be among the first to know who are the children’s choices for 2017and contact julia.miller@talktalk.net if you would like to be involved in the Top Ten testing.

To see who some of our Past Winners are and to learn more about the history of the Children’s Book Award visit our updated Wikipedia page.

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