Workshops with Storytellers KS1/2

Available 12th to 16th June 2017 exclusively for schools in the North of England

Immediate, intimate, rich and resonating, storytelling ignites a love for communication and awakens imagination and cultural understanding.

We’ve hand picked two spellbinding Storytellers who will mesmerise and inspire your pupils with dramatic improvisation, music, history global languages and motivational workshops.

Discover the power of stories for developing vital skills on this exclusive tour of the region’s schools.

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With stories from across the globe, Iwan is a tour-de-force. His day in your school will have your pupils listening open mouthed at the hypnotic way he mixes oral storytelling with music. He’ll introduce pupils to new languages through his storytelling including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese and Chinese. Pupils will be able to follow the stories even in languages they don’t speak. Amazing! He will engage even the allegedly hard to engage, using dramatic techniques to inspire and teach your pupils narrative construction, spontaneous improvisation, character development and self confidence.

Story-teller Rachel Rose Reid reads to children from St Mary's School at Selfridges Dept Store which is part of the Words Words Words campaign

Rachel Rose Reid

Experience vibrant retellings of historical and traditional stories, with games and songs from your chosen period of history.

By illuminating key periods in the past from ancient Pompeii to 19th century England, Rachel will engage your pupils with the important questions of history; who tells it, and does it even matter if a story is true? Her workshops fit effortlessly around the curriculum and are designed to develop vital questioning and interpreting skills.  

Rachel’s experience includes The Story Museum, The Southbank Centre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The British Museum to name a few. Don’t miss her.  

‘Rachel's capacity to hold the unfailing attention of a room full of small children, and to engage them in magical stories… is extraordinary.’ Mary Clare O'Neill, Head of Drama, Garden House School, London


Both Iwan and Rachel are experts in their field. If the offer here isn’t quite what you are looking for they have numerous workshop offers. Let us know what you’re after and we’ll do the rest.

Workshops support these curriculum areas

  • English

  • Geography

  • Citizenship

  • Music

  • History                             

  • Drama

  • Sciences

  • World Cultures

Storytelling improves

  • Speaking & listening

  • Language & vocabulary

  • Communication skills                                

  • Participation

  • Learning & thinking skills

  • Literacy & creative writing                                                                     

  • Composition

  • Spoken English

  • Cultural understanding       

  • Emotional development

  • Social development

Storytelling creates

  • Confident individuals

  • Effective contributors

  • Successful learners

Settle Stories Guarantee

We are an arts charity based in the stunning rural Yorkshire Dales.

Through our Learning Programme we have built strong relationships with schools across the north of England and now work with over 6,000 young people a year.

Alongside our Learning Programme, we run year round events for adults and families including the flagship Settle Stories Festival. Our work has been featured by the Guardian, BBC, & ITV. We are highly successful at gaining media coverage of storytellers visiting schools. We have been working in partnership with schools for over 7 years and pride ourselves in selecting the highest quality storytellers so you don’t have to.

100% of the schools we worked with in 2015/16 would recommend us.


For a chat about the work of the storytellers available, contact Natalie Dalkiran or Charles Tyrer

Phone: 07827961091 or 01729 822292



If you’re looking for something specific that you don’t see on offer, get in touch. Settle Stories is the largest storytelling organisation in the North of England and works with an extensive range of professional storytellers.