I had a great afternoon at this school and the session went really well. Apart from hearing the giggling during the session I know it has been a good one by the collective sigh of disappointment from two year groups when I say "And that is probably a good place to end the session!"
Jess, one of the teachers was delightful, and keeps a tight ship with some very excitable children and she'll recommend it to the other schools in their group. Another fabulous session. The children were very bright and came up with some great stuff.
I just had the most fabulous evening that I have had in some years.Darren Gooding and I just picked over the characters in 'The Bucket'. It was wonderful to sit and actually catch up but more than that, hugely flattering to have somebody ask what, why and how and who and when about my work. When Darren has applied his huge vocal talent to the book I feel I shall owe him a huge debt of gratitude. It was like the 'New Route Theatre Company' had re-emerged in some grown up sort of way. It is brilliant to be working with my old friend again. For those of you who may not know Darren was one of the best actors we had in our theatre company and went on to develop his own vast array of characters, radio plays and theatre productions with the 'I hear voices' theatre company' 'ManlyTruelove' and a host of other brilliant characters and caricatures. I feel truly honoured to have him be my Narrator.
Have a listen and tell me what you think? Then maybe have a crack at narrating yourself.
As I said, my publishers are going to create an audio book through acx. If you fancy your chances as 'The Narrator' for 'The Bucket' and become immortalised you can find out about doing that here http://www.acx.com/titleview/A1L9EOJA0LPDOA/ref=acx_ts_sr_an_p1_1 Sadly I don't have the right recording gear to make a clean version for an MP3 player thing or I would audition myself but if you do then knock yourself out!
My publishers have informed me that they are going to make an audio version of the book and I am over the moon about it. They have begun inviting for auditions and I have the first one to listen to this evening. It's going to be tricky deciding upon who has the best voice and can carry off the drama required so very best of luck to all of the actors auditioning!
Kirby went well and the feedback from an outside source (Liz) said that someone had told her that the session was 'Excellent' unprompted! How cool is that? Looking forward to the next school...
Today I shall be visiting Kirby Academy and play story games for an hour or so with years 5 & 6.
There should be around 50 children and my aim on this one is to give them an easy structure in which to begin a story using just one or two lines in each section. This is one of the easiest ways to begin building a story.
We shall also be playing the 'Experts panel' game where volunteers become judges to the answers the audience shout out. This game uses the plot of Harry Potter to identify the 10 stages of 'The Story Journey'
It should be a blast!
My aim in these workshops is to make it easier for children to understand how to write a story. So D J Cattrell is not just about books but about giving kids practical easy structures to understand all aspects of stories and how important they are in life from newspaper articles to Greek Myths around television programmes and over the hill of history. Stories are what we are, how we remember our world and how we make sense of it.
Wednesday 17th August 2016