Wendy Shearer is a professional storyteller who performs stories across the UK in schools, at festivals, major museums and attractions. Her repertoire of tales is drawn mostly from her Afro-Caribbean heritage and specialist area of Ancient Greek literature and mythology. Following several years as a BBC Children’s TV producer, she is passionate about inspiring the next generation of readers, writers and storytellers. You can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StoryBoatTales.
Storytelling in the classroom can be a powerful way to support literacy. Children can be so absorbed in the tale, they are inspired to retell what they’ve heard to others, motivated to read it for themselves and encouraged to take it further and write their own parts or versions. The National Literacy Trust advocates that ‘speaking and listening skills underpin all learning’.