Storyteller spins a tale to Stony Stratford pupils

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Pupils from Queen Eleanor Primary School in Stony Stratford visited Barratt Homes’ Fairfields development this week for a day of storytelling.

The developer hosted the event in a show home and invited professional storyteller Richard York to put on sessions for the pupils as part of National Storytelling Week.

Richard, a member of the Society for Storytelling, spent the day telling traditional stories from a wide range of times and places to pupils from across the year groups. The children learned how oral storytelling has allowed stories to survive and evolve over thousands of years, and across continents.

He also played a variety of instruments used by traditional story tellers to illustrate his stories, including a Greek lyre and a medieval Celtic style harp.

Queen Eleanor’s headteacher Liz Lockhart said: “All the children enjoyed the day and it was a wonderful way to celebrate National Storytelling Week. Richard really enthralled the children with his tale telling.”

Andrew Swindell, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “It was a pleasure to have pupils from Queen Eleanor Primary School visit Fairfields at Stony Stratford this week. Richard’s stories really enchanted the children and it was great to see. Events such as these give Barratt Homes the opportunity to make a difference in the communities in which they build.”

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