Mum of 3, with 4 grandchildren, from a nearly 5 years old right up to 15 years of age. She’s had lots of practice telling stories to her own family, specialising in making some up on the spot, based on the child’s suggestion. She’s also has run playgroups and play-schemes and has been a participant at Ilkley and at Cleckheaton Literature Festivals. Her children’s picture books and poems are filled with humour and imagination. So join her, relax and have fun!
She is a “born story-teller” and a member of Bradford Writers Circle. She’s still learning but when she grows up she wants to tell more children’s stories!
Joanne Ellis Tordoff
A close friend, Joanne is also a mum of 3. A Special Needs teacher, artist and former youth worker, she understands children well as her fabulous illustrations show. She is the main artist used by Julie and did all the story illustrations for Tell Tales and Tell Tales Online . She has joined Julie again for the latest book The Animal Olympics, providing the initial animal sketches for Julie to build on (as a change in cirumstances prevented her doing more this time). But the book owes a lot to her! Thanks Joanne!
They both love reading and encouraging young readers to ‘get started’ and hope this new venture will inspire adults to enjoy the experience with the children in their lives!