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My life on the radio

So after my appearance on BBC Radio Kent I was asked by the show to create a short feature on my working day, storytelling and national storytelling week. So on Friday 1st February 2019 I took my stories and a mobile phone voice recording app to Park Way Primary School in Maidstone where I was given the opportunity by the school to talk to some of the children and their teacher about stories, storytelling and their importance. The piece was broadcast the same evening after the host had interviewed no less than Michael Rosen(!).

I’m very pleased with the piece we’ve made for several reasons..

  • I was able to articulate why I believe National Storytelling Week is not only important to storytellers but why it should be important to all of us.
  • The teacher and children I interviewed cut to the absolute heart of why stories are wonderful and why storytelling has a place in all schools.
  • From the piece you get a real sense of how I work and why I love it.

It may be short but to create this piece of audio took a lot of work as I became storyteller/journalist for the day and I am indebted to the children and staff who participated and to Dominic King at BBC Radio Kent who edited it.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

John Kirk is a storyteller working in schools, museums, libraries and at events across the UK. For more information explore this website or get in contact.

I really did go on a Bear Hunt!

Bear HuntThe following is the true story of what happens when you lose a prop which also happens to be your wife’s Teddy Bear told in the style of Michael Rosen’s “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.

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We’re going on a Bear Hunt to entertain some children.  What a beautiful day!  But where is teddy?

Is he in the cupboard?  My higgledy, piggledy cupboard?

I really need him and I can’t find him.

Oh no!  I hope I haven’t lost him!

Crash, bash, crash, bash!

[An evening spent turning the house upside down later]

We’re going on a Bear Hunt to entertain some children.  What a beautiful day!  But where is teddy?

Is he at a school?  A very, busy school?

I really need him and I can’t find him.

Oh no!  I’ll have to try to contact them.

Tip, tap, tip, tap!

[An e-mail correspondence later]

Bear Hunt 3We’re going on a Bear Hunt to entertain some children.  What a beautiful day!

But where is teddy?

Is he in Merton?  In far away Merton?

I really need him and I can’t find him.

Oh no!  I’ll have to go down there and get him.

Chug, chug, chug, chug!

[An hour and half on the tube later]

We’re going on a Bear Hunt to entertain some children.  What a beautiful day!  But where is teddy?

Is he in the staffroom?  The warm and cosy staffroom?

I really need him and THEY can’t find him.

Oh no!  Lauren’s going to kill me!

But who is this creature, with furry ears…

…. a red bow …

… whose been waiting 12 weeks to be collected.

Bear Hunt 2It’s teddy!

Quick, out of the school…

…. down the street …

…. into the Underground.

Announcement:  “This train is being held here to regulate the service.”

Uhhh….

….. I’m not going on a Bear Hunt anymore!

NB:  Teddy has now officially retired from show business and will spend his retirement on my wife’s bedside table.

Take good care of your props and ask before you borrow things.