Who is the Story Traveller?
He is Bill Church, a former Headteacher who has a passion for sharing stories with people from 3 years up to 103 years of age.
Bill loves stories; finding them (and the story’s story!), telling them and writing them! He is passionate in believing that everybody can tell stories and is keen to help people whatever their age do this.
He has been employed as a Story Teller in public parks. He has told stories to a wide range of audiences of all ages. He will often come with an idiosyncratic group of puppets to assist him as well as many other props.
Bill has taught in Gloucestershire primary schools for a significantly long time (rumour has it that Henry V111 had just married his first wife when he started!) He has been a Headteacher for 21 years at two different schools (Cashes’ Green and Dursley C. of E.). Before he was a Head he was seconded to work in Gloucestershire Schools to help develop children’s writing and run InService work for teachers. While at Dursley, Bill was fortunate to work for 3 months with teachers on the island of St.Helena in the South Atlantic working on literacy themes where he also told stories in the schools as well as reading a story on the island’s radio. He also worked for 2 years as a Primary Consultant HeadTeacher.
As a teacher he has run InSet sessions in recent years for teachers and Forest School leaders on telling stories.
Whenever he can Bill will cycle to his destination on “Sir Gawain” his trusty mount! When not working he can be found playing or watching sport (if watching his beloved Luton Town can be called sport!) or with a telescope watching birds in and around the River Severn. He is also a cricket coach.