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Education

University of Durham Oct 2003-June 2006

Stockton Sixth Form College Sept 2001-June 2003   

Our Lady and St Bede R.C. School Sept 1996 - June 2001

Qualifications

BA Honours Degree: History 1st Class   

A Level: History A, Geography A, Religious Studies A     

GCSE  5 A* 2A 3B

 

Work History: Professional Folk Singer, Storyteller, Creative Practitioner

 Professional Folk Singer/Storyteller (since 2013) - with Award winning and critically acclaimed folk group the Young'uns.  International touring in Australia, Canada, Europe and the UK.  TV appearances on BBC2 Spring Watch Unsprung May 2016. Radio appearances on BBC Radio 2,3 and 4.  Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Group 2016 and 2015

S.S. John Fisher & Thomas More Primary School Manchester (2011-2013) Storyteller/Teacher Delivering storytelling lessons across all key stages from nursery to Y6 working closely with teachers to inspire and facilitate creative writing across the curriculum. 

(Arts, Music and Community Heritage Projects) Delivery & Management

I took the lead role in planning, delivery and evaluation of the projects below.  This involved liasing with community groups and partners, directing and overseeing the work of volunteers, completing funding applications and carrying out risk assessments.  Each one involved delivering carefully prepared lessons and workshops to primary school groups ranging from small groups of 5 to whole school assemblies.

 

Headland Maritime Storytelling Project (February -  December 2010) Heritage Lottery Fund. St Bega's Primary School.  A young person led intergenerational storytelling project in which a Y5 storytelling circle researched 2 folk tales from the history of Old Hartlepool and conducted interviews with older members of the community in order to write a third.  The end result being a 30 minute film documentary to premier to the local community.

 

Hild?s Tales (February- March 2010) Hild's Jewel's Project St Hild's C of E Comprehensive School.  Intergenerational heritage project whereby 4 North Hartlepool primary schools researched, wrote and performed stories and songs based on the living memories of older North Hartlepool residents.  The project was recorded as a 30 minute podcast and is available on request.

 

Hartlepool French Sea Shanty Project, (June - October 2009) Hartlepool Language Service

Language project in which 20 Hartlepool primary schools learned a specially composed French Sea Shanty celebrating the heritage of Hartlepool.  Each school composed a new verse which was judged as part of a competition.  Every school sang the song simultaneously to celebrate European Day of Languages in October 2009.

 

Hartlepool Community Cavalcade (Jan - July 2009) Hartlepool Strategic Arts Service/Tees Valley Music.

An ambitious coming together of samba, sea shanties, carnival and theatre in one procession based on four pieces of local folklore and involving over 300 school children.  I worked with 5 primary school groups over a six month period writing, rehearsing and performing 5 original local songs.

 

A Hartlepool Childhood Project,  (April-July 2008), Awards for All, (St Bega's R.C. Primary School). 

An intergenerational song writing project in which 30 pupils conducted interviews with older members of the community and composed songs about childhood experiences of life in Hartlepool in the 1930s for a performance to the local community.

 

Hartlepool Sea Shanty Project, (May-June 2008), Hartlepool Strategic Arts Service. 100 primary school children from 5 different schools taught three traditional sea shanties and composed an original Hartlepool Shanty celebrating the maritime history of the town.  Performed at Hartlepool Maritime Festival 2008.

 

Headland Folk Group, (Oct-December 2007), Local Network Fund. 

Series of history trails, storytelling and song writing workshops for junior school children culminating in Four Shades of Old Hartlepool a folk opera performed to the local community.

 

Isle of the Hart Project, (May-June 2007), (English Martyrs School R.C. Comprehensive). 

Song writing project based upon writings on the 7th century monastery at Hartlepool.  Performance at the Hartlepool Headland Heritage Day 2007.

 

Event Management

February 2010 - August 2010 Hartlepool Tall Ships Folk Festival Director

Hartlepool Tall Ships 2010

Contracted by Hartlepool Borough Council to programme, project manage and deliver a 4 day Folk Festival involving 7 simultaneous venues, 27 groups and 150 performers and coordinating a team of 5 volunteers.

 

Other

Tales in the Trees, (August 2008, August 2009), Hartlepool Library Service. 

An environmental storytelling series delivered in open-air locations around Hartlepool

 

Boys into Books (March 2009) Hartlepool Library Service  interactive storytelling series focussing on local myths and legends with children learning to write their own story.

 

Infinity Spring Festival (May 2009)  Stockton On Tees. Stories from the River Tees

 

Heruteu: a Musical Journey through the History of Hartlepool. A concert of traditional and original songs tracing the history of the town from Anglo Saxon times First performed at Hartlepool Central Library February 2008.

                              References                           

Dominic Hemington, Headteacher, SS John Fisher and Thomas More Primary School Wythenshawe, Manchester 0161 9983422