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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.

 

Adult Fiction

Set in the apparently sleepy Victorian seaside-resort of Southport, this thrilling trilogy presents a series of very different stories, stories that will take the reader on an emotional journey never to be forgotten. Each novel weaves away, with subtlety, on the urbanity of human nature; themes such as pain and loss, family disfunction, as well as the effects of mental and physical abuse are valiantly explored.

Paced to take the reader effortlessly into the world within each plot, with careful observation and a simple setting akin to where many of us live, this trilogy is a mixture of taut noir and nuance. Jaw-dropping brutality is blended into seemingly normal everyday life. Tears of nostalgic reminisces become blurred with sorrow as the consequences unfold to reveal an ending that surprises us all.

Set in the attractive seaside town of Southport, HIS MOTHER is a contemporary psychological thriller about a secondary school teacher: Mr Rimmer.

A teenage female body is found face down in the Marshide marshlands. Detectives Inspector Folkard and Sergeant Shakespeare strongly suspect Mr Rimmer to be their man.

Unfortunately, it proves challenging to find the much-needed evidence that would link the death of Mary-Eloise Chambers to their suspect.

Mr Rimmer has many secrets; although he appears to live alone, he in fact does not. The closer Inspector Folkard and Sergeant Shakespeare get to their killer, the more the reader learns of Mr Rimmer’s relationship with his mother.

It is only when Inspector Folkard looks back at similar attacks on young females, that she begins to make some much needed headway. Inspector Folkard knows there is at least one other body close by; finding it could be the vital piece of the puzzle, but where to look?

Set in the attractive seaside town of Southport, HER FATHER is a contemporary psychological thriller about a troubled teenager: Mara Aneka Bones.

It is on the evening of Valentine’s Day that Inspector Folkard’s short break away is interrupted by an urgent call from Sergeant Shakespeare. The bodies of two male teenagers have been discovered in the late hours of the evening at a local park: one is in a critical state, the other one is dead.

With a possible double homicide on their hands, the detectives struggle to find any concrete witnesses willing to come forward. It also proves difficult to wade through the many versions of what exactly was going on in Botanic Park that evening.

Mara Bones is fifteen years old and a lonely recluse. Her mother died during childbirth; she lives only with her father. The closer Inspector Folkard and Sergeant Shakespeare get to their killer, the more the reader learns about Mara and her father. When Inspector Folkard interviews Mara, her suspicions are immediately ignited, although there is no real evidence linking her to either attack. Inspector Folkard must tread judiciously – she could after all, have a teenage, serial killer on her hands.

Set in Southport, famed for its pier and golf, as well as the dreadful Lindsey Quy murder case that is loosely back-dropped into the plot, Sisters is the final novel in the series following HIS MOTHER and then HER FATHER.

Appearances are often deceptive. Why would two Beryl Cookesque, pipe smoking, macabre sixty-plus sisters be any threat to anyone? What secrets could they have buried in their pasts that could be of vital interest to a current police investigation?

Mrs Tanner and Mrs Lexton appear self-contained and unfettered by modernity. Unbeknown to almost everyone, their past has affected them enormously: nursing, marriage and motherhood were all they held dear. On the surface, their domestic idyll is a fading charade. They now live together in the home that once belonged to both Mr and Mrs Tanner. Years ago, he ran off with another woman. Or so Mrs Tanner says.

Newly teamed detectives Inspector Catherine Shakespeare and Sergeant Gulliver Pope are tormented by their own pasts; additionally, they are also struggling to find a way to bond. Their relationship is not one forged after many years. 

Nothing is at it seems. Some secrets can be shared. Some are best kept hidden.

Using the long-closed and harrowed mental institution, Greaves Hall, as a location, the book weaves away with subtlety on the urbanity of human nature, the pain of losing children, the effects of mental and physical abuse and secrets. But like a sore, if you scratch it, it reopens.

In the sisters’ front-lounge there is a repugnant smell. It’s like someone’s buried a fish below the floorboards as a joke. Except no-one’s laughing. Neither Mrs Tanner nor Mrs Lexton have used this room in the last ten years. Not since Mrs Lexton killed her husband violently with an iron. Not since they folded his corpse into the window-seat and nailed it shut. When Detectives Shakespeare and Pope call round, to Mrs Lexton’s surprise, it is Mrs Tanner whom they wish to speak to: the body of her husband having been recently unearthed, buried illegally in a plot belonging to another family. Apparently, there could be others.

The story is furthermore referenced with events and iconic media imagery that will resonate with many readers - a genuine why-dunnit. Having some knowledge of the crime and criminal, to embed belief in the characters’ reality of dealing with their ever more daunting dilemmas, does not take away the thirst for reading on.

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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.

Libraries

Our fee to libraries is our minimal charge of £20.00

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Charities

We are happy to work for free to support charities

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News & Events

Updated Regularly

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Christmas Special Storytelling Session @ Hightown Library & Community Centre
Between 11am - 12pm
Bring along your favourite book and something to cuddle like a teddy bear or blanket for this Christmas Special...

Friday 14th December 2018

Woodlands Primary School - Formby
Year 3 - Mr Crocodile's First Day at School @ 2pm
Reading & Writing Workshop
Patron of Reading Event

Thursday 6th December 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope

Saturday 1st December 2018

Storytelling Sessions @ Hightown Library & Community Centre
Saturday's between 11am - 12pm
Bring along your favourite book and something to cuddle like a teddy bear or blanket...

Friday 30th November 2018

Woodlands Primary School - Formby
Year 4 - Mr Crocodile's First Day at School @ 2pm
Reading & Writing Workshop
Patron of Reading Event

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Storytelling Sessions @ Hightown Library & Community Centre
Saturday's between 11am - 12pm
Bring along your favourite book and something to cuddle like a teddy bear or blanket...

Thursday 1st November 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope

Friday 19th October 2018

Woodlands Primary School - Formby
Year 5 - Mr Crocodile's First Day at School @ 2pm
Reading & Writing Workshop
Patron of Reading Event

Saturday 6th October 2018

Storytelling Sessions @ Hightown Library & Community Centre
Saturday's between 11am - 12pm
Bring along your favourite book and something to cuddle like a teddy bear or blanket...

Thursday 4th October 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
NATIONAL POETRY DAY
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope

Friday 28th September 2018

Woodlands Primary School - Formby
Year 6 ; Mr Crocodile's First Day at School @ 2pm
Reading & Writing Workshop
Patron of Reading Event

Saturday 8th September

Storytelling Sessions @ Hightown Library & Community Centre
Saturday's between 11am - 12pm
Bring along your favourite book and something to cuddle like a teddy bear or blanket...

Thursday 6th September 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope

Sunday 26th August 2018

2018 Run for Rhys Family Day @ Croxteth Hall Park
This year's community event with lots for the kids and family to do and get involved in.
There will be a large number of stalls, activities and fun for all! Sally-Anne will be supporting with story reading for all the kids so please come and join us.
All profits from this day will go towards the Rhys Jones Community Centre.

Saturday 11th August 2018

Lost Castles @ North Park Bootle
A re-creation of Miller’s Castle which stood in Bootle in the early 19th century and it will be put on display at North Park
Family Fun Day 11am – 3pm: A day of Seaside Fun Activities include a Funfair, puppet show, Donkey Rides and Sally-Anne's Storytelling Session Tent where she will read many stories.

Sunday 5th August 2018

Friends of Walton Hall Park @ Walton Community Garden
12pm - 4pm
Storytelling from around the World with Tony & Sally-Anne including book sale so please come and join us

Saturday 4th August 2018

The Maiden's Tales @ Lock & Quay Pub Bootle
Join us for Words of Women Sung & Spoken where Sally-Anne and many more women will read their poetry

Thursday 2nd August 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope
Ukulele acoustic performance; Alison Benson

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'
The Tiger in my Chest; Anger Management Strategies Workshop

Thursday 5th July 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope

30 June 2018

Woodlands Summer Fair
Woodlands Primary School @ 11am
Woodlands Primary School have there Summer Fair with pony rides, archery, BBQ, Eco-Warriors’ plant sale, Woodlands’ Wally Cain dancers, raffle, bouncy assault course and more...PLUS Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes will be there as well joining in the fun with a stall. Come down and have fun...

16 June 2018

Liverpool Fringe Festival
Central Library @ 7pm
The Art Clinic Liverpool present an evening of poetry, prose and dramatic considerations on the topic of "Time".
This showcase will raise money to support the work of Liverpool Sunflower Cancer Care Centre.
Sally-Anne's Poems "Winter", "An Unalterable Truth" and children's story "The Gift" will be read during the show!

12th June 2018

Novels and Nibbles @ 18:30 – 21:00
Lifestyle Collective, 195 Allerton Road, L18 6HG
Five local Indie authors will give short talks about their books and take questions from the audience.

Thursday 7th June 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope

2 June 2018

The Maiden's Tales: Words of Women Sung & Spoken
Lock & Quay, Irlam Road, Bootle @ 7pm

12 May 2018

WOW Festival
Superheroes & Superstars
Toxteth Library 12-3pm

12 May 2018

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

Thursday 3rd May 2018

MAD POETS SPEAK!
Open Mic Night at The Hightown Hotel: 7:00 pm
Hosted by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes & Colette Pope
Guitar & Vocal performance; Katie Nicholas

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

Pulp Idol Heats: WRITING ON THE WALL
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'

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Celebrating World Book Day @ Write Blend, Waterloo
Starts @ 2pm
Come and celebrate World Book Day 2018 with storytelling and Sally-Anne's book signing.

Wednesday 14th February 2018

FREE Storytelling and Book Signing @ Crosby Library
Join us at 2pm
Come and join us for storytelling

Saturday 10th February 2018

FREE Storytelling and Book Signing @ Formby Library
1st session at 10:30pm & 2nd session at 11:30
Come and join us for storytelling

Friday 2nd February 2018

Storytelling @ Woodlands Primary School
Between 1-3pm
Storytelling for reception class, year 1 & year 2

Saturday 27th January 2018

National Storytelling Week @ Bolton Central Library & Museum
Saturday Club Sally-Anne reads stories from around the world and there will be craft activities too

Poetry Gallery

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Woodlands Primary

Woodlands School was officially opened in 1966. At this time both infant and junior children were housed in one building what was to become Woodlands Junior School.

As Formby expanded and open spaces were replaced by houses and young families, the need for more room in the school saw the building of Woodlands Infants School. This was opened in 1969, giving two separate schools, each with their own headteacher, on the present site.

The Formby area continued to grow and mobile classrooms had to be erected to accommodate the ever growing number of children. By 1973 there were 9 infant classes.

Over the years, pupil numbers fluctuated and slowly declined in both schools and eventually by September 1985 amalgamation was the way forward. The school became Woodlands Primary School under the leadership of one headteacher.

1992 saw pupils past and present, parents and staff, celebrating the school's Silver Jubilee in grand style. In 2005, 20 years after amalgamation, the two original buildings were finally joined together with a new link corridor and a staffroom large enough to accommodate all staff comfortably, a new library and a new teaching space.

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