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ACT! for Kids presents storyteller Simon Brooks on April 1

Brooks received rave reviews after previous Tamworth appearance

Simon Brooks returns to Tamworth with his storytelling on April 1. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
March 25, 2010
Brooks will be telling stories for K-4th graders at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 1. Homeschoolers are welcome; call the school at 323-7271 to let them know you're coming. At 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, Brooks will tell stories for kids ages 8 and up, grownups, and mature younger listeners.

Brooks, who lives in Orford, has been spinning yarns and telling tales for nearly two decades, first in his native England and more recently throughout New England. Combining his passion for children's literature and folklore — he is also a children's librarian, as well as a photographer, writer and poet — Brooks creates programs to suit all ages. His repertoire comes mainly from European folk and fairy tales, but also includes stories from South America, Africa, China and Japan, as well as many other countries and cultures.

"I find tales that are not often told, or when they are, I put my own stamp on them," Brooks says. "I only tell tales that I love, whose voice comes to me, becoming alive in my mind, and that help bring the story to life in the minds of those who listen."

Brooks performs tales with energy and wit. Telling folktales, myths and legends from all over the world, he brings vividly to life characters like Ananzi the Spider, the trickster Raven, Merlin and Dionysus. From this world of stories Brooks captivates his audience with unique voices to animate characters and with expressive body language that brings the stories to life. Visit artstamworth.org to hear Brooks tell the story "The Lonely Boatman," and to watch him tell the story "One Wish."

For more information about Simon Brooks, call 323-8104 or visit artstam worth.org, where you can also read about future ACT! for Kids workshops and other ACT! events.

Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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