Hi there, my name is Mark and I just love telling stories!
As a father of three children, one in Primary school, one in High School and one now grown up, I’ve always loved reading and telling stories! With over 25 years writing experience, I am passionate about engaging our youngsters to not only read more but to pick up their pens (or their tablets) and get writing themselves!
Children never get tired of having stories read to them, which is even more brilliant when those telling the stories are the authors themselves! Our storytelling sessions are designed for children of all ages, from Foundation phase, right through Juniors and into Comprehensive education.
As a full member of the Society of Authors and someone who has performed poetry and spoken word at events all over Wales with National Theatre Wales, I know all too well how words can ignite and excite people’s imaginations.
All our storytelling sessions include a Meet & Greet the Author (normally scheduled on another day), where the children get the chance to meet with me one on one for a little chat, and also to buy their own signed and personalised copy of a book!
All our storytelling sessions are interactive, informative, inspiring and fun, with kids asking all kinds of wonderful and sometimes very off-the-wall questions, so there's never a dull moment!
Here is a summary of what I cover in a typical session (using PowerPoint), although elements of this can be tailored to individual requirements:
Bringing a Book to Life using our best selling book Polly's Magic Bubbles and the Quest for Dizzelwood
Our aim is to encourage the children’s love for stories, so that by the time I leave they are already picking up a book to read, or even start writing one themselves!
Based in South Wales, we are fully DBS checked.
Our Creative Writing and Storytelling sessions are one hour for KS2, a little more for pupils in Secondary school, and a little less for Foundation aged children.
The price per session is from £115 which includes signed school library books
Sessions can be tailored to individual school requirements.
These interactive workshops provide a real insight into how we bring our books to life, and how the children too can become aspiring authors themselves!
We also encourage children to enter Radio 2's 500 Words Competition.
We have also developed a number of themed workshops including:
A Health & Wellbeing Storytelling Session using our book Midge - Prince of the Giants focussing on the Importance of Friendship and how children can Become true Giants in becoming better friends!
A Space Storytelling Workshop - Blast Off into Space with our Space Themed Workshop, where children put together their own Space Story Maps & Create their own books!
The Story of the Welsh Flag Workshop (Ideal for St David's Day) - a fun session where children discover the mysteries of why the Welsh Flag has a red dragon on it as well as creating their own books!
In addition, we have a Reading With Your Child session which highlights the importance and advantages of setting aside time to read with your children. There is also an opportunity to sit in on a storytelling session with your children as I take you through two of our picture books: Can We Walk to the Moon? and How High Do Trees Grow?
We also have a number of Christian themed titles explaining the Gospel in simple terms which are ideal as a basis for Religious Education talks.
For more information, scroll down the page, or if you would like us to come to your area or simply find out more, please email Mark email@example.com or call on 01443 408577 or 07846 994 916.
Discover more about what others are saying about our Creative Writing and Storytelling Workshops...
“Just want to say a huge thanks for today. I went into the staff room afterwards and there was an overwhelming 'He was Fab, the kids loved him!' You were a big hit with the children and adults. Honestly, as the Literacy Coordinator, I couldn't ask for anything better!"
Rhian Morgan, Literacy Coordinator, Pontyclun Primary School, Pontyclun
"You are a great storyteller! You captured the children's attention and imaginations so well. You shared your genuine passion and enthusiasm with honesty. The children and teachers loved it. We wish you all the best! Keep telling and writing stories."
Miss Little, Mrs Kaur & Miss Jones, Kitchener Primary School, Cardiff
“What a fantastic morning we had. Mark was so interactive with the children, they were so engaged and enthusiastic. Both stories were great and the illustrations matched perfectly. Thank you for coming to our school!
Lisa Hearn, Deputy Head, Bryntirion Infant School, Bridgend
"Mark’s presentation to my Year 5 class was a delight. During the session, he took the children through the process of writing a book from the initial ideas to the final published volume. They were enthralled by the many drafting stages and thoroughly enjoyed seeing his first manuscript complete with doodles and scribbles."
Davina Wilkshire, Maes y Coed School, Pontypridd
“Mark’s creative writing classes gave the children a valuable insight into what it means to be a writer. From developing initial inspiration ideas, to drafting, illustration and final book cover design, the children were inspired to write their own storyboards. I am more than happy to recommend booking Mark for a visit to your school.”
Mr R Carbis, Head Teacher, Ysgol Evan James, Pontypridd
"A wonderful experience to inspire and engage young children's experiences of stories and writing - Book a visit!!! If you want children to enjoy books listen to Mark Dorey. You can't beat a good storyteller to capture and expand their imagination ... and beyond!!"
Alun Jones, Cefn Primary School, Glyncoch
"Mark gave a fantastic presentation (and performance). I can tell he is really passionate about writing and I'm sure he's inspired the children; as he has me!"
Sophie Hunter (Year 6 teacher), Cefn Primary School, Glyncoch
"The children of Christ the King were inspired by Mark visiting our school. It was a wonderful experience which I would thoroughly recommend to any other school. The pupils really enjoyed the storytime session and their follow up work, creating storyboards were wonderful. Since Mark's visit, Christ the King has been full of young enthusiastic authors!"
Helen Keegan, Dosbarth 2, Christ the King Primary School, Cardiff
"Enjoyed! Enthusiastic, jokes brought drafting to life; storytelling great, funny, spoke to children not adults. Mark shared his ideas and was very inspiring. I have included some of the comments from our pupils who attended your class."
Class 9, Didsbury Road Primary School, Stockport
and here are the comments from the pupils of Didsbury Road Primary School, Stockport
"Thank you for inspiring me in writing. Your books are incredible." Ethan, age 8.
"Dear Mr Dorey, I really enjoyed you talking to us about being an author and about Polly's Magic Bubbles. I really appreciated it. P.S. You are a jolly man! :-)" Scarlett, age 8.
"Thank you Mr Dorey for telling me things I never knew, you made me more inspired to write." Nathan.
"Thank you Mr Dorey, I really loved your visit to our school. I liked the story of Polly and the Magic Bubbles, it was amazing! You also inspired me to read Polly books." Amelia, age 8.
"Dear Mark, thank you for your book and also your inspiration. One day hopefully I'll be as successful as you. I appreciate your visit. Also because spookily you made a cartoon character of me." Yours sincerely Madeleine x
"To Mr Dorey, thank you for everything and telling lovely stories." Best wishes, Sienna.
"To Mr Dorey, thank you for your inspiring ideas and tips. You've inspired me sooo much, I feel like becoming an author! I really appreciate your hard work!" Evie, age 8.
"Thank you for the assembly, it was inspiring. I appreciate what you said because I'm going to write a book as well." Royeh, age 8.
"Thank you for all the expression reading and funny voice." Samuel, age 8.
"I really enjoyed the assembly. I forgot to bring money to buy the book so I was annoyed because the way you described the book made it sound very interesting." Angus.
"Thank you Mr Dorey for your wonderful visit to our school. I appreciate all your tips. I know your book is going to be incredible when I read it." Izzy, age 8.
"Thank you for inspiring me. Since then I've thought of a lot of ideas for books. I really appreciate you losing your free time to come and talk about your books & yourself. Thanks! :-)" Katie, age 8.
"I really enjoyed learning about writing books, so thank you because you've really inspired me to write more often and also to become an author. I loved the session with you so please come back soon with more great books."
If you would like us to come to your area or simply find out more,
please email Mark firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01443 408577 07846 994 916.
Tomser Cat Books - brilliant children’s books to captivate readers of all ages!
I have written and published 9 children's books, all fully colour illustrated by my lovely wife Liz, except for our young adult novel, which has also been read and enjoyed by many parents too! Our children's picture books are: Can We Walk to the Moon? & How High Do Trees Grow? both of which are picture books written in verse suitable for ages up to 7 years. The Story of How God Un-Invisibled Himself & Help! I'm Lost Property! Two picture books with a Christian message. Our children's fully colour illustrated chapter books are: Midge - Prince of the Giants, suitable for first readers 6 to 9 years. Polly's Magic Bubbles and the Quest for Dizzelwood & Polly's Magic Bubbles - Revenge of the Spiders, suitable for ages 7 to 12 years. The Mystery of the Un-Snowy Mountain and the Great Deep Sleep Miscalculation, suitable for ages 7 to 12 years. Young Adult Novel The Extraordinary Happenings of Peter Oddfellow: The Old Umbrella, for readers 11 and up.