National Storytelling Week

From Society for Storytelling

Resource type: Event

Price band: £

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

National Storytelling Week was set up to celebrate the practice and value of oral storytelling.

National Storytelling Week is run by the Society for Storytelling, who also host a directory of storytellers for in-school events.

National Storytelling Week 2024 ran from 27th January to 4th February 2024 and the Society for Storytelling provided a resource pack for primary schools which is still available. It includes story games, advice from established storytellers on how to develop and tell a story, links to audio tracks and videos.

Details for National Storytelling Week 2025 are yet to be announced.

Cost: Free. Charges for in-school visits from storytellers will vary.

About the Society for Storytelling: The Society for Storytelling is a charity that exists to support and promote oral storytelling in the UK.

Further resources:

  • The National Literacy Trust has a range of online events and resources for all ages to celebrate National Storytelling Week.
  • Sign up for the Story Seekers, a free, fully resourced creative literacy project that invites primary aged children to seek out stories from around the world to retell and perform.
  • Find suggested activities to help pupils of all ages improve their storytelling skills from Scottish Book Trust here.
  • Explore the Kamishibai Storytelling resources from Mantra Lingua to encourage pupils to retell popular stories in their own words.
  • Find stories and poems from around the Commonwealth in the four River of Stories anthologies. These fully illustrated, themed anthologies were created by the Commonwealth Education Trust and are now free to download from the National Literacy Trust website.
  • Explore Books for Topics’ recommended Story Time booklists for primary-aged children to find your next great class read aloud
  • For schools interested in hosting a storyteller, Authors Aloud and Authors Abroad can help schools find a storyteller to match their needs.

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