A real treat! The show sparkles with zest and zing and the true magic of story. The Book Keepers tell their tales with a flair and lightness that delights and engages young people and their adults. They have a real gift for interacting with children and drawing out their stories.
— Matt Harvey, Poet

The Book Keepers

Meet Pippy and Lizzibella – intrepid explorers, tellers of tantalizing tales and guardians of the intriguingly ingenious StoryGenerator. Join them to see what secrets this mysterious contraption holds, hear their stories and create your own.

Devised for 4 – 10 year olds and their families.

The Book Keepers is available as an interactive performance where Pippy and Lizzibella tell a menu of choreographed stories from around the world, followed by a workshop where children use the machine and create their own StoryMap books.

It is also available as walkabout performance where stories are brought to life and created in collusion with curious families who discover what the StoryGenerator is capable of….


Upcoming performances

  • St. Thomas Library, Exeter, 2pm 6th July

  • Buckfastleigh Library, 10.30am, 13th July

  • Pinhoe Library, Exeter, 2pm, 27th July

  • Newton Abbot Library, 11am, 2nd August

  • Tiverton Library, 2pm, 3rd August

  • Barnstaple Library, 2pm, 15th August

  • Cullompton Library, 2pm, 19th August

  • Exeter Library, 2pm, 20th August

Booking essential– please contact the relevant library to book

Book a performance

Suitable for indoor and outdoor performances, festivals and literary events, interactive walkabouts, city centres or heritage sites. For more information please contact us.

Share your stories

We’re creating an online community of storytellers where you can share your own stories. Come and join our
Book Keepers Facebook group.

Brilliant!! Totally engaging for both kids and adults, fun and vibrant!
— Teacher
It was such a wonderful experience for all of us. We loved the storytelling, really captivating. My two found it really stimulating and engaged in imaginative play for hours after the show.
— Parent
Magical, engaging and interactive. So much energy - the children were all captivated!
— Teacher
Absolutely loved the story machine and the choreographed stories. Very inspiring.
— Parent
My kids just told me all about it….my daughter said that she’s definitely doing storytelling every Monday as it was so much fun. They love the storytelling machine. You certainly won them over. They were bubbling with things to say about it!
— Parent

Support for The Book Keepers

Our fantastical, magical, mechanical StoryGenerator and puppet were made by James Richardson of Angel Heart Theatre

Thanks to Mary Murphy for the inspiration of the character of the Alphabet Keeper (from The Flyaway Alphabet) and for kindly allowing us to adopt her for our own adventures.