Grown Up’s Frequently Asked Questions

  • Have you public liability insurance?

Yes. I am a member of Equity (Graham Rogers-Turvey) and they provide PLI

  • Have you been DBS (CRB) checked?

Yes, but the latest guidance from the Ofsted says that provided visitors are not expected to work alone with children it is not required.

  • How much do you charge?

This varies, according to the project and the venue. If you email me with a rough idea of your project I’ll give you a quote.

  • Can you supply references?

Yes. Email me and I will find someone that I have worked for in your area.

 

Children’s Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long have you been a storyteller?

Forty years.

  • How did you first start storytelling?

My dad used to tell me stories at bedtime but he fell asleep before the end, so made my own endings. Then, when I was a teacher I was always losing the book, which I had been reading to the class, so I made up stories.

  • Do you like being a storyteller?

Yes! I like doing all the different bits of the job like making things, advertising and, of course, telling stories. It’s great fun but I’ll have to stop when I grow up.

  • What is the funniest thing that has happened?

A letter from a child at Westland Downland School, who said he liked me because I have “grey hair and sharp teeth!” And a teacher asking a reception class who asked “do you remember what Graham’s job is?” and the child answering:
“Yes! A storykiller”. (I suppose storykillers do need sharp teeth!)

  • Are your stories true?

My stories are a mixture of fact and fiction but it is the audience’s job to decide what is true and what is untrue in my stories. Or, indeed, if that matters!

  • Which is your favourite story?

I don’t tell stories I don’t like, so my favourite story is usually the one I am telling that day. I like stories where the characters get caught up in problems and I like my heroes to be ordinary people really, so that the audience can wonder “what would I do if that was me?”

  • How do you remember the stories?

I remember what happens in the story and don’t try to remember all the words. I have favourite phrases that keep popping up, to describe things. Sometimes children give me new ideas while I am telling a story and so I use them. When I am learning a new story I make a list of bullet points to remind me. I sometimes tell them into a tape recorder or find a friend to listen.
Sometimes I forget a bit of the story and have to think as I am telling the story how to get that part in.

  • How many stories do you know?

I have not counted but it is probably about 250. Not all of them would be ready to tell. I would need to plan them so that they have a balance of funny bits, adventure and scary parts. I have about 40 stories that are ready to tell.

  • Where do you get all your props from?

Some I buy, some I make, some I have been given and some I have dug up on treasure islands after finding maps in bottles.

  • How old are you?

Take away 389 times the number of speckled frogs from the number of this year, and you have it – (This Year)-( 389 * frogs) = Graham’s Age  – easy!