Dark Tales from the Woods (Daniel Morden)

Grimm Brothers
Grimm Brothers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were very excited to welcome back to school the great storytellers, Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson, on Monday 3rd December.  Daniel and Oli came to see us for the first time last year (check out this entry here), and because they wowed us then with their telling of the Brothers Grimm tale, The Lucky Child, we invited them back to tell us a story from Daniel’s collection of folk talesDark Tales from the Woods.  During the week preceding their visit, we visited the English classes of our Year 7 pupils, to remind them how storytelling is important for the passing down of knowledge, traditions, morals and language followed by a telling of another of Daniel’s stories: The King of the Herrings.  The children told us that they really enjoyed this story, which boded well for the day when the storytellers came…  Daniel warmed us all up by illustrating how telling stories can be similar to telling lies which were really outrageous, everyone laughed and then we were delighted with Oli’s contributions both to the story and by playing his violin to accompany the story and sing.  How easy is it to play the violin at the same time as singing, I wonder?  Such talented people!  After a fabulous morning, Daniel went on to prepare for a storytelling event at the Crick Crack Club, based at the Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London…

Two Master Storytellers come to delight and enthral

Daniel Mordern and Oli Wilson-Dickson came into school to delight and enthral our Year 7 pupils (and the librarians and teachers who were able to attend) on Monday 28th November 2011.  Pupils  had been prepared for their visit during their English lessons last week, and, despite some trepidation (were they now too old to be told stories?) we walked with the boys and met the girls at Centenary Theatre where Daniel and Oli were waiting for us!    They captured our imagination immediately with their introductions and then got going.  They told us the story of The Luck Child, one originally gathered by the Brothers Grimm, and during the course of the story, we participated and were treated to Daniel’s acting out of the story alongside Oli’s accompaniment on the violin.  We laughed, jumped and cheered as good triumphed over evil and our hero outwitted the King…

“This was a superb event for y7 which got both the day and the week off to an excellent start. The storyteller interacted brilliantly with the children who clearly enjoyed his performance, accompanied expertly by the violinist who added mood and atmosphere to the story. The children were entertained by the range of voices, element of surprise and the use of dramatic pauses. The story was pitched at exactly the right level and included just the right amount of audience participation. This was a great lesson in understanding how the spoken word can really bring a story to life and I hope very much that they will be invited back next year.” Mr Maxted

“Brilliant!” Mrs Clay

We would like to extend our thanks to Daniel and Oli for entertaining us,  to find out more about them, please follow this link: