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Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes is a full-time English secondary teacher in Liverpool. Prior to this, she was a book & coffee shop co-owner of Write Blend in Waterloo managing events and conducting interviews for Bay TV. Her most recent interviews include Tim Quinn (Marvel Comics); Tim chose Sally-Anne to conduct his first interview for his autobiography: Argh! and Mike Carey, author of the book and blockbuster film: The Girl with All the Gifts. Additionally, she has worked as a radio presenter (Beyond Books Show on HCR 92.3 FM Sundays 09:00-12:00). Significantly, she is an author of both adult and children's fiction. Her debut children's story, 'The Star that Lost its Sparkle!', was officially launched on the 19th of December 2015. Sally-Anne has participated in the WOW - Writing on the Wall Maghull Literary Festival 2016, Having participated since in storytelling events, mostly in primary schools, museums, libraries and festivals, Sally-Anne has recently become one of the newest members of the National Society for Storytelling.

Children's Books

Mr Crocodile Bites the Thumbs of my Toes as I Peg Out the Washing in the Back Garden!

I visited the beautiful country of Sri Lanka last year; it was a very nice visit you know. It was there that I first saw, for the very first time, a black swan!

The only thing was, a stowaway crocodile, one with an unusually long tail, had deliberately hidden himself in one of my lovely all-leather, elephant-decorated travel bags, the really long one, the one shaped like a can on its side.

It was a while before I discovered Mr Crocodile. He spoke very good English but his Russian accent threw me at first. I later learned that his mother, who ran off with Somalian pirate, had been Russian. How she met his father, is another story.

And that is how Mr Crocodile ended up living at Plum Cottage with us, his new family.

Plum Cottage is in the U.K. (England, to be precise). Mr Crocodile is now thousands of miles from home. We do hope he will never leave us, for we love him very much.

Magenta the Witch Works her Magic on a Bored Mr Crocodile

Meet Mr Crocodile! Mr Crocodile lives at Plum Cottage, with his new family: that is, with Pip, Poppy, Penny and me (Mum). In this story, Mr Crocodile goes on a date with Magenta the witch, although Clarence, her cat, is NOT very happy about it!

Meet Bailey, the little sky-blue star that actually lost its sparkle!

It is up to Grandnan to put things right; luckily Grandnan always knows what to do…

Launched Christmas 2015, 'The Star that Lost its Sparkle!' is a heart-warming story that all children will love. For many children, a grandparent is a significant other adult in their important life. This children's story celebrates that unique bond.

As a child, I was very close to both of my Spanish grandparents, my abuelo Bernardo and my abuela Catalina. Together they had 11 children and lots and lots, maybe thousands of grandchildren!

Dedicated to my nephew Bailey and in memory of my sister Rebecca, this story was the first story to be published.

Illustrated by Holly Bushnell

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'Saami and the White Wolf' is a re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story,'The Little Matchgirl'.
Set in the Inuit village of Bethel in Alaska, Saami, a little matchgirl, fails to sell any of the matchboxes her mother has given her to sell that day. It is Christmas Eve.

In the snow-crested Arctic mountains, and within easy reach of the village, a white wolf is desperate to feed her starving cubs. If she is to save them, she must enter the village unseen and find something to eat...

What will happen when Saami lights her last three matches?

And what will happen when the desperate wolf and Saami meet?

Lisette and Georgette are on holiday in France with their Papa and Mama. It's the summer holidays. One morning, Lisette wakes early and is about to head downstairs for breakfast when she comes across a large, handsome tiger sleeping on the stairs.

Lisette asks each family member, in turn, for help - can LIsette persuade her tiger to move outdoors?

Launched January 2018

Life is a gift, cherish it and smell it, taste it and make the most of it...it will not always be there.

From the moment we wake, to the last second just when we are about to close our eyes, we may ask ourselves: Did we made the most of our day? Did we do right by others? Did we appreciate all that was available to us?

Most gifts are wrapped - given to the ones we love and appreciate at different times in the year, often celebrating a significant tradition within our culture. Some gifts are not wrapped - these are often the most valuable. Our family. Our teachers. Doctors and Nurses. Police and Fire Officers. Time. Peace. Life.



Services & Fees

Standard Daily Fee

We are extremely proud to be
members of the Society for Storytellers.
The SfS advise members of a
Standard Daily Fee: £250.00

Standard Hourly Rate

£50.00 based on geography, budget allowances.


Our fee to libraries is our minimal charge of £20.00



We are happy to work for free to support charities

Contact Me

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News & Events

Updated Version

28 July 2018

International Tiger Day:
Formby Library: 11am
Interactive Storytelling Event:
'The Tiger that Slept on the Stairs'
'Tigger Stories'
'The Jungle Book'
'The Tiger That Came To Tea'

12 May 2018

Southport Arts Festival:
Arts Centre: 1-3pm
Outdoor Interactive Storytelling Event:
Stories about Tigers, Eskimos, Mermaids and Sea Witches

23 April 2018

An evening with
Joseph Delaney YA and Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes Children's Fiction:
Freshfield Primary: 5-7pm
Meet the author of the international acclaimed series Spooks (Hollywood blockbuster Seventh Son; Wardstone Chronicles, Starblade Chronicles & Arena 13)

22 April 2018

Toxteth Library- Sunday 9-4pm
Sally-Anne will be judging entries for the Pulp Idol competition alongside fellow judge and author James Friel.

21 April 2018

Hightown Spring Festival:
Community Library at The Hightown Hotel: 1pm & 3pm
Interactive Storytelling Event: 'The Tiger that Slept on the Stairs'
'The Star that Lost its Sparkle'
'Mr Crocodile's Adventures'
'Saami and the White Wolf'
'The Gift'

7 April 2018

Easter Fun: Formby Library: 11am
Interactive Storytelling Event: 'The Tiger that Slept on the Stairs'
'Tigger Stories'
'The Jungle Book'
'The Tiger That Came To Tea'

16 March 2018

National Panda Day:
Redgate Primary School, Formby: 1;30pm
Launch and Book Signing Event: 'The Tiger that Slept on the Stairs'

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