Susan LACY


Children's author

Available for:
Talk
Workshop
Commission


Contact:
Tel: 0113 2583780

Audiences:
Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


Details

I love telling stories and have been working and performing as a writer and storyteller in schools, colleges and libraries, for over twenty-five years.  I wrote my first book, `Mussarat's Monster', when I was a teacher working in inner-city, multicultural primary schools.

The stories I've written and tell are mainly multicultural, traditional tales and come from all over the world.  I've also written a book of stories and guided meditations, `Stories to help you pray',  which invite children to `look in' to Bible stories with their imaginations.

School Visits

What I do on a visit varies, depending on how long I'm there and what the school wants me to do.  I'm very adaptable.    

Nursery, Key Stages 1 & 2

With Nursery, Reception and Year 1 classes, I tell inter-active stories for half to three-quarters of an hour sessions. With Year 2 onwards, I'm happy to work for as long as a school wants, both telling stories and writing stories, with groups, or one, possibly two classes at a time.

After a short introduction I show the children my books, then tell one of my stories.  I can talk briefly about how I came to write my first book for Mussarat, a little girl who was in my class at the time, showing original proofs and illustrations from the various stages it went through; first draft, through the editing process to the finished product

The children then go on to write a story for themselves, looking at elements such as plot, characters, suspense, planning and drafting.  I often tell another story during this process to stimulate ideas, or give children the choice to use one of my stories as a `frame' if they are struggling, as long as they change some elements of it to make it into their own.  I'm happy to fit in with specific requirements and am very flexible.  The most important thing is that children and teachers enjoy the sessions, have lots of fun and learn something about stories and writing along the way.

Key Stages 3 & 4, 6th Form, College and Special/Additional Needs

I'm also available to give workshops to older pupils,  those with special/additional educational needs and students and adults, on all aspects of storytelling. With students doing childcare/teaching/drama courses I give workshops on how to use stories in the classroom, storytelling techniques and the history and tradition of folk tales.  I've also been involved in writing a module on multi-cultural stories for a proposed Foundation Degree in Story, Narrative and Communication at Leeds Trinity University.

Spirituality

Other areas I'm happy to work in and give talks on are issues around spirituality for children and adults.  Using my book, `Stories to help you pray', I use guided meditation to invite children to `look in' to Bible stories with their imaginations.  The meditations are followed by questions designed to facilitate the child's experience of entering the story itself, and/or activities to support this.  With adults, I'm happy to talk about using the Bible in this way, and issues around prayer, meditation and Christian Mysticism.

What teachers have said about my workshops over many years:

`Susan's first session at the school was the first day of our OFSTED inspection.  The inspectors were enthralled and rated her session as very good, high praise indeed.'

`Susan has conducted writing workshops with year 6 children on several occasions.  Her insight and practical advice have proved invaluable and the standards of writing were raised.  Children came away from the workshops with a real desire to write and a better understanding of what writing is all about.'

`Susan has used stories from the ethnic backgrounds represented by children in our school, ensuring that all the children could relate at some level to what she told.  Some stories were multicultural, some traditional and some fairytale classics.  The children remained throughout excited, motivated and enthusiastic to see what she had in her storytelling bag.  They often rushed up to greet her or wished her goodbye with `when are you coming back?'  I can highly recommend her work either with the young or older children in primary school.'

Availability

I'm available for days/sessions any day of the week and am willing to travel anywhere I can reasonably get to!

 

 

 

Books
I have written mainly multicultural stories for children from the ages of 5 to 11 years.
Mussarat's Monster (paperback title Bubblegum Monster) (isbn:0416043224)
A friendly, magical monster comes to live with Mussarat and her family.
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Bubblegum Magic (isbn:0749712937)
More magical adventures with Mussarat and her monster.
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Ranjit and the Mighty Mini-bus (isbn:0521456401)
The hilarious adventures of a group of children trying to raise money for a school mini-bus.
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Asif's Party (isbn:0602263131)
Asif helps his Mum get ready for the best Eid party ever.
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The Magic Carpet (Anthology) (isbn:0602265312)
Stories from around the world.
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Stories to help you pray (isbn:9781841011882)
Bible stories with guided meditations for children.
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Organisations:
National Association of Writers in Education
Society for Storytelling

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Humour, Mind, Body and Spirit

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

Keywords:
multicultural, folk tales, fairy tales, storytelling, religion, meditation, spirituality, Bible, Christianity, India, Pakistan, other cultures., special needs, disability