Carl’s childhood in South Wales, coupled with his family’s Irish heritage made a love of words inevitable. An avid reader from a young age, the local library supplied his need for stories of all kinds and opened up the worlds of the Greek myths and Arabian Nights. He found that he could lose himself in these stories of heroes, gods and genies and returned to them repeatedly over the years.
During his 27-year career as a teacher of English in comprehensive schools in Essex, it was his love of stories, which helped make him popular with his students. “He brings a passion and imaginative flair to his teaching of literature” was one comment on his teaching.
As a solo storyteller he has visited many Schools with great success both telling stories and conducting workshops. He is always willing to discuss ideas for projects with teachers prior to his visit and can offer linked English work based on his story sessions.
He is also a founder member of The Essex Storytellers with whom he has performed all over East Anglia. With them he has organised two storytelling festivals, performed in pubs, schools, halls, theatres, libraries and churches putting together appropriate programmes for each occasion. For many years Essex Storytellers have put together storytelling projects based around Essex locations and history. Organisations and funding bodies such as Awards for All, The National Trust, Colchester Council, Essex County Council, The Heritage lottery Fund and The Arts Council have all given grants to these successful projects.
“Lots of‘tricks of the trade’were shared and a great deal of cooperative learning and work resulted.” Essex Primary Head teacher
“Thank you seems inadequate; the children loved your sessions.” Year 9 teacher
“The funniest stories I ever heard.” Adam Year 3
“…..even the less attentive children in classes were listening carefully.” Essex Head teacher
“An excellent programme …. I liked the beautiful, gently sad mood, leavened with humour.” Audience member (Into the Shadowlands)
“Everyone was happy and admired your vocal range and relaxed manner.” Cambridge Storytellers Club