Schools – story, heritage and drama


We are John & Noreen Hamilton. We have been registered storytellers with the Scottish Storytelling Forum since 1998 and have worked in many of your schools in the past. We specialise in using interactive storytelling and drama to bring heritage subjects to life.

We have recently returned to Scotland after some years living and working in Northern Ireland and are offering introductory discounts on schools events, for a limited period.

We deliver one-off sessions or longer term projects for primary and secondary schools. We can develop new unique programmes or deliver the tried and tested projects below.


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Teachers Comments

The best workshop I have attended. BALLYTOBER PS

“Absolutely spot on!”  A nice link to the next topic. Thank you. EGLINTON PS

Absolutely fabulous event. I learned a lot and I know the children did.  It was lovely to have such a local perspective on the war and the events after.  John and Noreen really brought history alive in a really enjoyable way. CARROWREAGH PS

Children totally engaged from the beginning.  Presenters excellent – pitched at exactly the right level. BARNISH PS

A most enjoyable, yet educational visit.  Thank you. ST OLCAN’S PS

Very interactive, enjoyable and informative. BALLYCASTLE INTEGRATED PS

Great fun.  Brought a bit of life to classroom activities. GLENANN PS

An excellent afternoon – I know from the reaction of the children that they enjoyed it – as did I!  Thank you very much.  To be recommended. ST JOHN’S PS

Excellent morning – it really made it come ‘alive’ for the children.  Thank you. BALLYKELLY PS

The workshop was very good in helping children understand how the war affected their ancestors in Northern Ireland.  It was great revision but also provided the children with new information.  Thank you for a very enjoyable and entertaining session! ST AIDAN’S PS

A brilliant opportunity and experience for all the children.  It was enjoyed by all.  Many thanks. ST JOHN’S PS

A really enjoyable session that was full of loads of information and well balanced with good interaction from the children.  children seemed really engrossed in the sessions and had a really good day.  Well organized with two very talented characters who really made the sessions enjoyable. NEWBUILDINGS PS

Well thought out programme.  Enjoyable for adult and children both. ST COLUMBA’S PS

Brilliant workshop! Really enjoyed. BALLOUGHERY PS

Very good approach with the kids – well done and thank you. ST OLIVER PLUNKETT PS

Brilliant interaction between adults and children.  Information was clear and pitched at their level.  Well done.  Hope to be back. ST COLUMCILLE’S PS

It was all excellent.  Thank you. CUMBER CLAUDY PS

Fantastic workshop.  Facilitators worked at the children’s level with enthusiasm and humour.  Drama incorporated with props and sound effects added to make it more realistic for the children.  A really enjoyable experience.  Lots of hands-on learning that will be followed up in school.  Many thanks. BALNAMORE PRIMARY.

Leaders got down to the children’s level and built up a super rapport with them.  Good mix of information, humour and child participation. WILLIAM PINKERTON MEMORIAL PS

We thought John and Noreen looked fantastic in their outfits!  It really set the scene for the workshop.  Thank you very much. ST BRIGID’S PS

An excellent and worthwhile visit.  The children and staff really enjoyed it.  We plan to do a war topic after Easter so this has proved a really good platform to start off the topic.  The presenters were excellent and had a good rapport with the children – and had an excellent knowledge of their subject.  Many thanks for a wonderful morning. GARRYDUFF PS

This was an excellent experience for my class. They learned so much – they were involved and active as well as some listening and looking and reading. It was great fun too. Every child’s answer was valued by the presenters. All around great. KILLOWEN PS

An enjoyable day not just for the children but also the adults! Thank you SO much! KILREA PS

Super interaction with the children during the workshops. Very informative and entertaining! Thank you for a brilliant morning! HARPURS HILL PS

Excellent Exhibition. The captain and the lady were very good with the children. Really good at keeping children’s’ attention. Thank you. ST PATRICKS PS

Fantastic experience for the children. Really pitched at their level. Will lead to good follow up in class. ST COLUM’S PS

Children’s’ interest was maintained throughout. Thank You! MACOSQUIN PS


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