Literacy Drive To Mark National Storytelling Week

Started On :: 28/01/2014 - Ended On :: 28/02/2014

 Creative Projects In Libraries Lead Literacy Drive To Mark National Storytelling Week


Libraries in London and Oxford are hosting an innovative series of creative projects to improve literacy among young people in the run-up to National Storytelling Week.

The Tell Tales projects are offering 16-24 year olds who are not in work, education or training a chance to re-discover their local libraries while developing their literacy skills, concluding with showcase performances at the Tate Britain and Kings Place during 1-8th February.

George - The Poet 

Funded by Arts Council England and supported by arts consultancy Small Green Shoots for the Society for Storytelling’s National Storytelling Week the workshops are run by youth organisations Poetry Luv, WISDM, Youth Sauce and The Leys CDI and include lessons in character development, plot structure and creating engaging dialogue. Workshop attendees will also gain an Arts Award qualification.

Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said: “Small Green Shoot’s Tell Tales series is a great programme that gives young people the opportunity to embrace literature and use it as a means to share their individual stories in their own way. It is exciting to see them working in partnership with National Storytelling Week and four youth organisations to deliver a series of events that will not only help develop literacy skills, but also do it in a fun and engaging way that has individual resonance for the young participants.”

“Herstory Forever After” is the first of three Tell Tale events during National Storytelling Week and takes place on 5th February at Kings Place, featuring additional performances from female wordsmiths Rosie Knight, Senority, Mc Angel, Floetic Lara & Aina Roxx.

Followed by Oxford’s “EmpoWORD” which takes place on 6th February at Ruskin College with guest performances from lyricist Amy Tru, spoken word artist Amerah Saleh and acclaimed performance poet Malika Booker.

Malika Booker - Poet

The finale Tale Tell event takes place on 7th February with “Poetry Luv” at Late at Tate Britain with special performances from leading London poets Dean Atta and George the Poet.

Dean Atta said: “Getting the chance to work with young people who might not have had the chance to ever tell their stories is a real gift and I am really looking forward to performing alongside them”.

Dean Atta

Tell Tales is being delivered in partnership with the Society for Storytelling’s National Storytelling Week, which is now in its 14th year and aims to promote the art of storytelling. Workshops are being held inside London libraries:

Clapham (Lambeth) with Poetry Luv performances at Tate Britain

Swiss Cottage (Camden) with WISDM performances at Kings Place

St Anne’s (Haringey) with Youth Sauce performances at Kings Place

Blackbird Leys (Oxford) with The Leys CDI performances at Ruskin College.



Kings Place

Herstory Forever After

Free, email for ticket registrations

7pm-9pm, Wed 5th Feb

90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Performances by Rosie Knight,
Senority, Mc Angel, Floetic Lara, Aina Roxx



Ruskin College


Free 6.30pm - 8.30pm Thurs 6th Feb

Ruskin Hall, Dunstan Road, Old Headington, Oxford OX3 9BZ

Performances by Amy Tru, Amerah Saleh, Malika Booker



Late at Tate Britain

Poetry Luv

Free 6pm-10pm, Fri 7th Feb

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Performances by George The Poet, Dean Atta