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There is something for everyone at THE STORY ROOM this


Saturday 3rd December N10

Saturday Writing Club Untitled design-2

This is our last Saturday Writing Club of the year. We have had a great time running this club. This session will have a Christmas theme.

Time:  2pm to 4pm (for years 3 to 6)  (8 spaces remaining)

Location: South Friern Library, Colney Hatch Lane, London N10

Who is running the session: Helena

Fee: £25.00

Saturday 10th December NW10

Christmas Poetry Workshop 

In this Christmas Poetry workshop the children will be introduced to the wonder of  poetry and be inspired to follow their senses to write a Christmas poem. They will frame their masterpiece and have the opportunity to  wrap it as a present for that special person.

Time: 2.30pm to 4.00pm (for years 1, 2 and 3)new-young-adults-2

Location: St Martins Church, 132-134 Mortimer Rd NW10, Kensal Rise, NW10 5SN

Fee: £30.00

Who is running the session: Helena

Saturday 17th December N10

Christmas Poetry Workshop

In this Christmas Poetry workshop the children will be introduced to the wonder of  poetry and be inspired to follow their senses to write a Christmas poem. They will be encouraged to look at imagery (similes, metaphors, personification) to enhance their writing. They will frame their masterpiece and have the opportunity to  wrap it as a present for that special person.

Time: 11am to 1pm OR 2pm to 4pm

Fee: £30.00 to include all materials and frame.

The workshops are open to all ages. When the children arrive, they will be grouped according to age.

Who is running the session: Helena and Angels

Thursday  29th December

Christmas Tales from Around the World

In this workshop we will look at some traditional Christmas tales from countries all around the world and at common elements in them. Many Untitled design-2of them are  terrifying tales and legends  for children at Christmas. Using these elements the children will create characters and plot their own terrifying tales.

Time:  9.3oam to 10.30am (Years 1 and 2)

10.30am to 12.45pm (Years 3 and 4)

1pm to 3.15pm (Years 5, 6 and 7)

Location: Friends House, Winchmore Hill, N21 1LE

Who is running the session: Angels

Fee: £25.00

Tuesday 3rd January

The Great Quest

As the 3rd of January is the late J.R.R Tolkien’s birthday (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) we will  honour the occasion by looking at great quest stories and what makes them so appealing. We will look at  characters and story-line and look at plotting our own quests.

Time:  9.3oam to 10.30am (Years 1 and 2) – This will be an introduction to quests for our little writers.

10.30am to 12.45pm (Years 3 and 4)

1pm to 3.15pm (Years 5, 6 and 7)

Location: Friends House, Winchmore Hill, N21 1LE

Who is running the session: Helena

Fee: £25.00


Book Review: Riverkeep – Martin Stewart

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Riverkeep Review

Martin Stewart


The book Riverkeep tells the story of a teenager, Wulliam, who finds himself thrown into the role of a Riverkeep two weeks before his 16th birthday when he was due to take the title over from his father. On one of their river inspections his father gets pulled into the river. He does not drown but when he Wull pulls him out he soon realises that a strange creature is living inside him. Convinced his father is still ‘in there’, Wull goes on a journey to save him in his ‘bata’ (river boat) in search of the Mormorach (sea monster), which he believes has healing powers in its parts. Along the way he meets Mix, a young girl stowing away on his boat, Tillinghast, a Frankenstein-like being, Remedie, a woman with a wooden baby and more.


Riverkeep was incredibly well written, had great descriptions and interesting characters. The language used was very detailed and very clever, however as the book was so detailed, it was hard to realise that it was aimed at children my age.


The characters were very interesting, unusual and unique. My favourite character was Tillinghast, as his species (homunculus) was so strange. I like how he was made up of straw and pieces of so many different people and also had a strong personality.  He is selfish and rude, even though he becomes ‘softer’ throughout the book, unlike Will who becomes stronger and more confident. As the book draws closer to the end, you can see that Wull has become more of a leader, which I also enjoyed.


Thought it may not be for some, I think the violence made the story. It showed the story to be more exciting. The way the fighting was described was also great (in a non-gruesome way).


So in conclusion, as much as I enjoyed the book, because of the violence and the rich over-descriptive language, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to people my age.


By Z.R. (age 12)


Book Review: Home Sweet Horror by James Preller

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A book review by Lin Ding aged 7


Home Sweet Horror

Author: James Preller

This is a classic ghost story featuring Bloody Mary. This is a story about what happened when Liam’s family after they moved into a run-down old house in a new town.

The main characters are Liam, his sister Kelly and Bloody Mary. I like Liam because he is a responsible boy who looks after his sister. He is intelligent and brave. Kelly is a nice girl. She is sweet, generous and beautiful. Bloody Mary is a spooky, greedy, mean and dark lady.

After they moved in the house, Liam heard a whisper upstairs. Then he  met Bloody Mary who was a ghost living in the mirror. Lots of scary things happened which frightened Liam’s family.

I like the book because it is very scary, dark and gloomy. My favourite part is when Bloody Mary appeared, her hair being blood-red and hanging loose and shabby round her shoulders. She has a sharp nose and her chin gave her a V-shape face. And her eyes glowed like flames which made Kelly tremble.

I would like to recommend this book to all my friends who like horror stories as this is  the most horrible, frightening ghost story I have ever read.

Happy 1st Anniversary to Àngels

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I met Àngels at a writing workshop for adults and was immediately drawn to her stories and her energy. I had been looking for someone to come and run workshops at The Story Room for some time, someone that could add something and bring different qualities… and that person turned out to be Àngels.

She had been an asset to The Story Room  this past year, with her wonderful workshops. I am always amazed at the stories that the children write when they are with her and the inspiration she gives them. She nurtures the children and helps them grow as writers.Angels Gimeno

So, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Àngels! and Thank you.

Helena X

What Could it Be? Our Poems from Saturday Writing Club 8/10

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In Saturday Writing Club we spent a lot of time lost in a forest, looking at the wonders around us and running from strange shadows. When we finally emerged we had time to write some’ What Could it Be?’ poems and here are some of them for you  to enjoy!


What Could it Be?

It eats and and eats

It gorges and guzzles

Its belly’s SO big it can eat for a week ,

and not even WANT to empty itself

It loves the waste,

to chew in its mouth.

It’s always hungry,

Though I can’t satisfy it.

Now, what do you say,

What could it be?

M.E. D. aged 9



They take me everywhere

We share our adventures

They are a costly companion

They have eyes but can’t see through them

They endure every step and stride

H.Y.  aged 10



I am very strong

I am shiny

I hide in safe places away from burglars

It is hard to find me

I am very valuable

N.L. Aged 6


The Mirror

I always tell the truth

I never tell a lie

I am watching you

I see you in the morning

I see you when you come home

When you think you are hiding

I can always see you

E.W. aged 9


The Lightbulb

I brighten the room and especially at night

I turn on and off

I welcome you when you come home

I am very bright but you replace me with someone

After a few months.

T.T. aged 9