Creative storytelling

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 October, 2009, 12:00am

If you are eager to learn how to tell stories with magic, two children's literature storytellers from Britain are in Hong Kong this week to give you tips.

The duo, Debbie Beeks and Toni McElhaton, are from Seven Stories, a cultural centre dedicated to children's literature in Britain. They have worked with schools and communities in the country to promote the use of drama as a learning tool.

The pair will conduct animated storytelling sessions for primary pupils and workshops for teachers on how to make reading fun at the British Council this week.

Two storytelling sessions, one tomorrow and another on Saturday, will also be held at two shopping malls - in Sham Shui Po and Tin Shui Wai - to cater for people from less-privileged areas.

The sessions are already fully booked but a small number of seats will be arranged for walk-in participants, the British Council said.

Seven Stories is an exhibition centre in Newcastle, England. It has a library of children's literature and aims to encourage reading and discovering how books ignite creativity.

This week, the British Council is also providing free 'taster' services.

During its Customer Services Week from today, the public can try English learning workshops for adults and one-to-one consultation on studying in Britain.

Two topical workshops, 'English through stories' and 'Phonics', will provide tips for parents on how to support their children's English learning. Another session will introduce students to the new IELTS online registration and provide free trials of the IELTS online preparation course.

Secondary students also have the chance to win an iPod by joining an online multiple-choice competition.

The events held through the week are free but some of them require advance registration due to limited places.

For more information about Seven Stories, visit For more information about the British Council's Customer Services Week, visit