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Kevin Graal

   
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www.talkingtales.org
kevin@talkingtales.org
t : 07970 748 628
East Sussex
England

Ways of Working  
Practices
storyteller, writer, educator
Vision  
Kevin Graal is an experienced storyteller and educator with an extensive repertoire of traditional stories, riddles, songs and games from around the world. Over the past thirty years, he has established a reputation for excellence in a wide range of work: from performances for children and young people to teacher-training workshops and collaborations with leading arts organisations.

The main focus of Kevin's work is on the development of speaking and listening skills, and the dynamic connections between oral and written language.

Between 1998-2001, he was involved with Tate Britain in Visual Paths to Literacy, a partnership between writers, artists and teachers exploring links between words and images. With the National Theatre from 2001 to 2004, Kevin worked on Primary Shakespeare, a project designed to explore primary school children’s creative responses to Shakespeare’s plays across a range of art forms. More recently, Kevin has been contributing to the British Library's learning and exhibitions programme as well as a broad range of creative projects in UK Primary schools: from learning outside the classroom to developing playful approaches to phonics; from 'talking pictures' with babies and toddlers to improving the literacy skills of reluctant writers through storytelling and role-play.

Kevin has also been working on literacy and teacher-training projects with the British Council in the Middle East and a wide range of educational resources including Music Express, a prize-winning series of CDs, CD-ROMs and books containing lesson plans and resources for primary music teachers and Number & Play: Storytelling Toolkit for Practitioners, a resource for Early Years practitioners.

Over the past fifteen years, Kevin has developed a number of projects exploring environmental themes and ecological issues. In 2003, he was involved in the National Trust’s London Links - Connecting People Through Place, an arts and environment project exploring creative responses to particular buildings and outdoor sites including an old mill on the banks of one of London’s many rivers. More recently, Kevin has been working with children and teachers through Creative Partnerships Hastings & East Sussex on an initiative to develop approaches to learning in outdoor spaces. At the De La Warr Pavilion on the East Sussex coast, he has been working with children and their teachers exploring how the building and its geographical setting can inspire creative learning.

Kevin contributed to the 2005 Ashden Directory round-table conversation between arts practitioners, educationalists and environmentalists about how to engage children in the issue of climate change.

 
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Productions and Projects

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Kevin Graal's projects 2004 - 2005
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2004 - 2005
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STORIES IN THE PARK , 2004 - 2005:
Performances for family groups inspired by woodland and parkland at Morton Stanley Park near Redditch in Worcestershire.

GROUNDWORK HERTFORDSHIRE, 2005
Performances to celebrate the opening of a community garden attached to a Chinese Community Centre in Harlow, Essex. Project initiated by Groundwork, a leading environmental regeneration charity.

STORIES ON THE DOWNS, 2004
School-based workshops and site-specific performances on the chalk grasslands of Blows Down in Bedfordshire as part of an ongoing regeneration project initiated by environmental arts organisation Freeform Arts.

CREEK TALES, 2004
A week of site-specific workshops and an end-of-project performance by 'gifted and able' children exploring the low-tide environment of a Thames tributary at the Creekside Centre in Deptford, South East London. Project initiated by theatre in education organisation MakeBelieve Arts.

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EARTH WATER SKY
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2002 - 2003
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EARTH WATER SKY consists of songs, rhymes and games celebrating the natural world - from traditional nursery rhymes and action songs to animal fables and creation myths.

2002 : Storytelling at the Science Museum in relation to Climate Change: The Burning Issue - an exhibition about global warming.

2003 : EARTH WATER SKY was developed in collaboration with ‘artzero children’s art’ and Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park exploring the natural environment of an urban graveyard.

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Kevin Graal's projects 2001 - 2003
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2001 - 2003
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AMAZING MYTHS, 2003
A collaboration with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre on a carnival project in which the city centre was transformed as gigantic costumed figures from creation myths processed through the streets.

OUR LOCAL CANAL, 2003
A collaboration with ‘artzero children’s art’ and Lea Rivers Trust and two East London primary schools in an exploration of the flora and fauna of an urban canal environment.

COMMUNITY GARDEN, 2002
Storytelling trails around Roots and Shoots, a community garden in South London.

LANDSCAPE GARDENS , 2001 - 2003
Tours of and performances in National Trust properties at Claremont Gardens and Pollesden Lacy in Surrey.

WOODLAND WALKS, 2001
Site-specific performances and workshops at Box Hill, a National Trust woodland site in Surrey. [1997 - 2001]

CITY FARM, 2001
Residency at Surrey Docks City Farm in South London combining tours of the farm with school-based outreach work.

NATIONAL TRUST / LONDON LINKS, 2001
Storytelling residency at Morden Hall Park - a National Trust countryside site - exploring a range of natural habitats with a visual artist and pre-school children and their carers.

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Kevin Graal's projects 1991 - 2000
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1991 - 2000
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GLOBAL STORIES, 2000
Workshop leader at conference of writers and storytellers from around the world.
Hosted by Tate Modern.

MULTIPLES, 1999
Commissioned performance in response to exhibition at the Barbican Centre of artworks by the German artist and environmental activist Joseph Beuys.

URBAN RENEWAL, 1998
Collaboration on a public art project with young people in Peckham, South London generating designs to be enlarged and printed onto permanent banners attached to new street lights.

CHILTERNS INITIATIVE, 1997
Developing stories about trees with Bedfordshire school children working towards public performance under a 250-year-old cedar tree.

COMMON LORE STORYTELLING COMPANY, 1997
With a company of storytellers and musicians, co-devising Celebration [1997], an exploration through music and stories of seasonal and cultural festivals around the world and Lore of the Land [1996], stories and songs about the natural environment.

THE GREEN UMBRELLA, 1991
Contribution to an anthology of stories, songs and poems with an environmental theme designed for use in school assemblies. Published by A & C. Black in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature, 1991

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  Kevin Graal
www.talkingtales.org
kevin@talkingtales.org
t: 07970 748 628

East Sussex
England

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