Storytelling by Snail Tales
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Welcome to Snail Tales — the place to visit for stories that stay with you! We are a team of oral storytellers who share the power of story that has entranced audiences since the dawn of speech. Our tellers are the face of the Oxford Reading Tree. To find out more, click the links below...


Anansi Wins The Stories

Why do we tell stories? Chip tells the answer for a Year 2 class using key storytelling techniques. Notice how language is adapted on the fly to ensure children of all abilities understand and raise their level.

Zinu & Nulang

Chip's example telling of this Chinese myth demonstrates how story space, voices and participation can keep children engaged – so they can pick up factual details with ease.

The Beautiful Girl (Part 1)

Find out how the most beautiful girl in the world gets into a "patch" of trouble, as Chip demonstrates "the Golden Rule" of storytelling.

Whole/Half Day Programmes

Great for introducing your children to storytelling, speaking & listening skills, and absolutely any other subject in the curriculum. Every visit leaves you with engaged children, and a resource pack for further storytelling work. You may also choose a theme for the day, and/or take advantage of some after-school INSET – totally free with whole day bookings.

Multi Day Programmes

Take your children on a journey to strengthen their imaginations, heighten their confidence in using their initiative and public speaking, and ultimately accelerate their development in speaking, listening, and engaging with learning. There are benefits for your staff, too – inclusive INSET sessions support our physical and online resources to ensure the power of storytelling stays with your school long after our visit.

Curriculum Consultancy

Storytelling is proven to improve recall ability, concentration and confidence, making it one of the most effective ways to develop your children's knowledge – but not every teacher feels confident in their own ability to "perform", and/or identify ways to approach a lesson objective through story. We offer the chance to have an experienced storyteller work with you on a regular basis to help your staff develop these skills, with INSET tailored to meet your school's specific curriculum and/or OFSTED targets.

UK and Turkey to Change Education for the Better

22nd January 2014
Last week we embarked upon an exciting project with huge potential for shaping the future of education across Europe, supported the British Council and the European Union...

PoPWoW Pops Out to Wow Audiences!

6th October 2013
Our new touring production has already had theatres howling with laughter and bouncing with excitement... Find out why here!

Snail Tales at Greenbelt 2013

1st July
Snail Tales will return to Greenbelt Festival this year to help them celebrate their 40th anniversary! Click here for details, including the prizes for winning our unique storytelling game show, All the Better to EAT You With...!

UK Government says it has no care about the future

20th June 2013
Despite all the research confirming that skills in speaking, listening and creativity are fundamental to development, Education Minister Gove is removing these elements from the National Curriculum. Implore him to stop with these petitions!

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Snail Tales – storytelling magic that stays with you

What is Snail Tales?

Snail Tales is a team of oral storytellers who take the spellbinding oral tradition that has entertained and enriched lives since language began, and blend it with magic, puppetry, song... and plenty of joining in. With folktales old, new, and soon to be, look forward to a fun, creative, and unforgettable adventure.

Our storytellers are the face of the new Oxford University Press Reading Tree, and a number of our projects have been supported by the Arts Council, the John Thaw Foundation, and many local authorities UK-wide. For examples of the great feedback we've received from school, theatre and festival audiences all over the world, please click here.

Storytelling is a great way to improve the imagination, which is the facet that most clearly distinguishes humans from animals, and is at the heart of several key transferable skills including hypothesising, problem-solving, decision-making, empathy, ambition, and motivation. That's why our motif is a snail...

...good storytelling is magic that stays with you for life.