Ray Stearn first opened a can of worms as a children’s storyteller over 35 years ago when he qualified as a librarian His stories have been heard in libraries, schools, playgroups, nurseries and Children’s Centres ever since.
Ray lives in Yorkshire and works in Lancashire but, with Kent connections, justifiably considers himself fully multi-cultural. Using key-stage appropriate stories and poems from books, original poetry, puppets, drums, story-sticks and songs Ray opens a Can O’ Worms, encouraging children to explore life through stories. Ray also often delivers poetry workshops for adults and likes to focus the writer’s attention on a few mystery items. These are often the same stimuli he applies with children and the results are quite a revelation. Ray is very proud of his recycled drums and especially his invention of the story-stick. “Old rubbish” collected over many years being turned into serviceable musical instruments is similar, Ray believes, to how stories are re-cycled to engage new audiences.