"Katy Cawkwell, a storyteller, visited the Academy to perform to the whole of Year 7. They have been reading How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse in class and Katy told two stories based on dragon legends from Norse Mythology to tie in with this. The students were enthralled and asked many questions. Staff also enjoyed the stories." Paignton Academy website
"Thanks so much for yesterday. The children loved it! We really appreciate all the time and effort you put in. I'll certainly be in touch for future events." Head, Devon Primary School (telling Sigurd & Fafnir to Y5)
"Children and even staff were completely absorbed by your stories and really enjoyed the experience. Thank you for all your hard work."
Plymouth school email on Chinese Stories
Created for a school in Exeter, this set of stories includes the "Muckle Meester Stoor Worm", a rollicking dragon-slaying adventure from Orkney, followed by the Chinese tale of how a fortune-bringing, water-bearing dragon came into being and ends with a little local legend, to bring it all closer to home. Suitable for KS1 and KS2.
For KS2, Katy can offer a dramatic Japanese legend about a brave young woman who sets out to rescue her samurai father, slays a sea monster and uncovers a mysterious curse.
For older listeners (Y4 plus), Katy also tells the legend of the great dragon Fafnir and the hero Sigurd, that inspired Tolkien and Wagner. She recently performed this to 300 pupils in Y7 at Paignton Academy. The students were totally gripped by the story and asked some wonderful questions at the end.
Katy has Chinese myth, legend and folktale to delight all ages of children. Can be used to celebrate Chinese New Year (stories can connect to the 12 zodiac animals) or to build understanding of this important culture. She tells creation myth of how yin and yang came into being and how people were made; animal stories of how cat and dog fell out and the little pig who would not grow; folktales of the spring of eternal youth and the time the nodding tiger came to town; the great legend of the boy who became a dragon. She brings a few simple props and a Chao gong to illustrate the tales and give a flavour of Chinese culture.
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