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Colin Taylor is a writer and storyteller. He writes fiction for children, short stories for adults and has written musicals and poetry. Having been a primary school teacher he is able to go into schools, tell stories, inspire children to write and sell his books. At present he is Chair of Brentwood Writers’ Circle and has been an active committee member for many years.

Born in Ilford when it was part of Essex, Colin lived with his parents and two older brothers on a council estate in Barkingside, where he went to local schools.

 He had childhood eczema, then hayfever and finally asthma. His asthma was bad as a child, as there were no asthma pumps then. So he grew up thin and weedy, couldn’t run and was no good at sports and once he’d learnt to read, (thank goodness for teachers) was a bit of a bookworm.

  After working in a bank and offices for a few years, none of which he felt really suited him, he went to teachers’ training college and become a teacher. He met his wife, Susanna, there and they have two grown up married children and one grandchild. He still has asthma, hayfever, eczema and dermatitis, but, thankfully, they are not as bad as they used to be.

  He was a primary school teacher for over thirty years. Retired from teaching he concentrates on storytelling and writing stories and has published two stories. With three more ready for publication. There are lots more stories to come.

 

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Described as a dynamic and distinctive storyteller, Colin tells tales that children love. He uses the techniques and enthusiasm gained over 30 years of teaching, including eight years as a popular supply teacher.

 

Colin’s workshops encourage both oral and written storytelling, helping children use their imaginations to produce their own original stories. As well as drawing on the traditional repertoire, Colin tells stories he has written especially for children.

 

So if you want to put some imagination into your student’s stories, call Colin.

  Children love Colin's stories, whether he's telling them in person or they’re reading them.

How I became a writer and storyteller

 

My early ideas

When I was a teenager, I began having ideas for writing and I wrote some poetry. I remember having a discussion with my dad about what job I should do after school. He’d been unemployed for years in the great depression of the 1930’s when there were no jobs and he wanted his sons to have good steady jobs. I don’t blame him, but he did put me off writing for a while.

 

School

One school I worked in put on musical plays with the children. We all had great fun. In another school I wrote three musical plays for the children to perform: the music teacher’s husband wrote the music. We were very successful.

 

The first book

About this time, while we were holidaying with our young children in Northumberland, we went to a restaurant. It was decorated with armour and weapons and because we were near Scotland, there were tartans all over the walls. But what the kids really loved was a huge stuffed grizzly bear standing against a wall. To keep the kids amused while we waited for the food to come, I told them how the bear came alive at night and ate meat from the fridge. I’ll write that story some time, I said. Ten years later, at my next school, I wrote the story of ‘The Restaurant Bear’. I read it to a couple of my classes. They liked it. But I wasn’t confident enough to try to get it published.

 

Writers’ Circle

A friend persuaded me to join Brentwood Writers’ Circle and I realised that my writing was good. I have been a prize-winner in Writers’ Circle competitions. I am a committee member and have been Chair and am again this year.

 

Wordweavers

I joined Wordweavers, a group of poets, writers and storytellers. I had often read and told stories in assemblies at school, now I started to tell stories at Wordweavers. I was a storyteller and a writer. Sadly, Wordweavers is now defunct.

 

Storytelling course

When my dad died, he left enough money for me to go on a storytelling course and I began to tell stories in schools. So in the end my dad did help me to do what I love doing, writing and telling stories.

 

Supply teaching

I finally left full time teaching and became a supply teacher so that I could write more.

 

Now retired from teaching I love to tell stories and write. My wife says I could talk for England and sometimes I even catch her listening to me, but that doesn’t happen often.

 

Colin Taylor -                                          writer and storyteller.

VIRTUAL STORYRHYMES

 

31 MARCH 2020

 

10:00 - 10:30

 

Alll available in your YOUR HOUSE

Southend Bookstart and Southend Libraries are bringing LIVE Virtual StoryRhymes straight to your home!

 Join in the fun with songs, rhymes and stories suitable for children aged 0-5 years. Simply sing and clap along to join in the fun!

 

Head over to the Southend Bookstart facebook page for all the details on how to join in.

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VIRTUAL STORYRHYMES

 

02 APRIL 2020

 

10:00 - 10:30

 

VENUE  in YOUR HOUSE

 

Southend Bookstart and Southend Libraries are bringing LIVE Virtual StoryRhymes straight to your home!

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I live in a modern house in a riverside village called Wivenhoe. It's a big change from the many years I spent in a rural paradise in an ancient cottage. However I still have my ancient husband and Border Collie, Zoe, for company.

 I was born in the Isle of Man, in Ramsey, but have never been back to visit. Perhaps one day. I spent my first four years in Berkshire where I developed my life long love of horses by spending time with our bad-tempered shetland pony. We then moved to St John's Wood, London, where we remained until I was eleven. We moved to Wivenhoe -and I married and had my children baptised at the lovely Norman church in this village.

 We have come full circle. It's wonderful to have a train and buses on the doorstep and shops within walking distance. Also I have friends and family still living here.

Over the years I have worked as a nanny, a secretary, a cleaner, a

restaurateur, an hotelier, a Secondary and Primary teacher but am now, finally, a writer. Throughout the years I never doubted I would become a published author. My cupboard  is filled with half-written books, ideas and unfinished stories.

 I write because I have to, I would do it anyway, but knowing  other people are enjoying my stories makes all the angst and scribbling worth while.

 I have nine hardbacks published by Robert Hale and all are out in Large Print.  I have ten novellas published with My Weekly Pocket Novels and all these have been sold to Linford Romance.  I have also sold four longer novellas to People's Friend Pocket Novels and these are all coming out with Linford this year.

 

 

I write because I have to, I would do it anyway, but knowing  other people are enjoying my stories makes all the angst and scribbling worth while.

 I have nine hardbacks published by Robert Hale and all are out in Large Print.  I have ten novellas published with My Weekly Pocket Novels and all these have been sold to Linford Romance.  I have also sold four longer novellas to People's Friend Pocket Novels and these are all coming out with Linford this year.

 I am now indie-publishing my Regency books and will have ten titles on KDP by April 2013. Miss Bennet & Mr Bingley is also on KDP.

Barbara's War (Part One) and Hannah's War are available as e-books and p/b on Amazon.

Victoria's War (Part One) will be published as an e-book and p/b in the summer and the second, and final part, of Barbara's War was out in October 2013

I had 6 books out last year, so the latest releases changes often, so it's best to check out my Amazon page.

Liam Livings is a Romantic Novel Awards shortlisted gay romance novelists who shares his house with his boyfriend and cats. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and friendship. He has a sweet tooth for food and entertainment: loving to escape from real life with a romantic book; enjoying a good cry at a sad, funny and camp film; and listening to musical cheesy pop from the eighties to now.

 Published since 2013 by a number of British and American presses, his gay romance and gay fiction focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle. He’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. With a masters in creative writing from Kingston University, he teaches writing workshops with his partner in sarcasm and humour, Virginia Heath as https://www.realpeoplewritebooks.com/ and has also ghostwritten a client’s 5 Star reviewed autobiography.

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