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An Arts Celebration
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The Family Friendly Festival

Children's Story Time

At 12:00 on Saturday 17th, September – our spellbinding storyteller Shane Ibbs returns to weave his magic!  The venue this time is at the magical redwood carving in Parklands Woods.

Photo by Jemma Watts


Photo by Jemma Watts

Shane mesmerized children and adults alike in 2018!

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In Shane's words:

"We learn to speak before we learn to read or write, Oral Storytelling deepens a child’s knowledge and understanding of how words can be used to describe all manner of things. A child’s mind is activated in a different way when listening to Oral Storytelling, it fires the imagination in children. Coupled with a structured storyline, increases the understanding of story structure, for children. It increases their understanding of how a story narrative works. It has been proven beyond doubt, that it also helps children in many key developmental areas such as; listening skills, increased attention span, increased vocabulary and subtle language variation, rhythm and structure etc.  It increases a child’s confidence to use new words, both orally and written. It enhances narrative skills, plot development, story structure. It develops the children’s imagination beyond the ordinary and familiar. It also increases a child’s knowledge and understanding of other cultures.


Oral Storytelling without a book is unique; it is an eye-to-eye, moment-to-moment, heart-to-heart experience. People are often amazed at how Oral Storytelling can hold the attention of children including those children with attention difficulties.  It is also highly entertaining and gives children a welcome break from their ‘normal’ curriculum"

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