The children loved the Skylarkers storytelling workshop. It was warm, engaging and creative. The children were totally mesmerised by the storytelling, actions and exciting use of vocabulary. Every child’s contribution was valued and everyone was made to feel important. The storytelling machine is simply magical and really drew out our children’s creativity and confidence.

Pippy and the StoryGenerator 

Pippy Polaska is an intrepid explorer and guardian of the intriguingly ingenious StoryGenerator. This performance workshop ignites children’s imaginations as they hear fantastical tales from around the world, discover what secrets this mysterious contraption holds, and create stories of their own.

Pippy has been travelling all around the world, searching for stories. Hidden inside her StoryGenerator, she keeps a cabinet of curiosities full of fascinating objects - clues to stories already collected and ones not yet discovered.

In the interactive performance she tells a selection of tales with storytelling, puppetry and dance.

In the workshop children can turn the handle of the machine to get a secret number. Hidden behind a cupboard door, they discover a fascinating object to inspire a story of their own.

Thank you for an inspiring morning - the small drawers and ‘discovering’ element was perfect for stimulating ideas.
— Teacher

Pippy has a multitude of games and ideas to enliven the space, engage children’s imaginations and exercise their storymaking muscles. Additionally there are a variety of unusual story elements housed inside the StoryGenerator that the children can draw on to scaffold their stories.

Each child receives a professionally designed StoryMap book in which to write and draw their own stories.

Suitable for Reception to year 4.

Pippy The Book Keeper can be booked as a one off visit to your school or as a longer project.

With more time, she could bring her expertise in facilitating children embodying and acting out their own stories (in the pedagogical tradition of Paley) and can also run INSET/ mentoring around this.

The children enjoyed the freedom of coming up with their own ideas for stories and particularly enjoyed them being performed by the other children in the class. The props were really inspiring, the box of disasters was particularly popular
— Teacher
It was really good and really fun, we got to act out lots of parts like caves and forests in the storysquare
— Child
I liked making my own map because we got to use our own ideas to come up with a story
— Child
I enjoyed the story machine because it was something new that nobody else has done before.
— Child
I really liked the story square, especially generating a story, and then being able to ‘see’ it come to life in the square. The children (and I) found it really inspiring and they were totally engaged. We will definitely be using this in English in the future.
— Teacher

Price guide

£200 per day, £150 per half day plus travel.


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.