Welcome to Storyteller’s Abode. Come inside, take a seat, and let me tell you a story…

Join me on a journey deep into an enchanted forest. There we’ll discover a magical world of fairies and unicorns; we’ll encounter dragons, pixies and goblins. We might even have an adventure with some princesses, wizards or knights! All we have to do is let our imaginations run free.

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I’m a thirty-something children’s entertainer with a bit of an obsession with stories. This has always been the case – it didn’t just develop overnight! I announced when I was three years old that I wanted to be an author when I grew up. This has not changed. My main focus at the moment is on stories for children, though I do also write more grown-up fiction and poetry which I will be sharing on this blog. I also love to paint – both on canvas and on kids’ faces!

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After over 10 years of working for someone else, followed by a brief foray into the teaching profession (I completed two-thirds of my PGCE before deciding I could never be happy in a career which left no time for writing or painting), I am finally taking the big step out into the scary unknown and setting myself up in business. The Storyteller’s Abode is a chance for me to indulge my creativity whilst also, hopefully, giving children an experience to remember.


3Leaflet side 2The central idea of The Storyteller’s Abode is for children not just to read (or to be read) a story, but for them to fully experience it through role-play. I am painting scenic images to create a fantastical, fairy-tale world of enchanted forests, fairy glens and dragon’s caves, and these will be accompanied with dressing-up outfits and toys. The stories which will be told will primarily be my own, about the characters to be found in the scenery, though traditional tales will also occasionally be told.

At the moment, however, this is all a work in progress…

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  2. Gorgeous illustrations! What a magical place you have created here. We all need a few fairies and goblins in our life 🙂 I used to love to tell my two sons bedtime stories I would create when they were much younger and shared a room. Sad to say I have abandoned this ritual now that they are teens but hope to write a funny little children’s book, perhaps featuring a naughty, wee leprechaun and bring the tales to life again! Thank you kindly for follow.

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    • I’m very glad you like them. 🙂 Magic is essential to a happy life! You ought to write your stories down – I’d love to read them. I have several more half scribbled in notepads that I really need to complete! You’re welcome for the follow. I actually thought I’d already followed you!


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  4. You do have a quite lovely blog here. I also write children’s literature and have a book coming out soon that I am excited about. I would like to nominate you for the Infinity Dreams Blog Award, and I wanted to see if you do these awards. If not, that is fine, I am just behind doing this for a friend who nominated me. Thanks!

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  6. I just wanted to wish you an early Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement this past year. May you find renewed fulfillments in your blogs this New Year and may your blogging families ever increase. Blessings. Roger


  7. Louise, It’s amazing to know that you write stories for children. I have been reading to my daughter since she is one year old and now she is 5. I’m almost running out of books for her 🙂 Glad that I can now read your stories to her.

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  8. Hi, I just wanted to pop over and say ‘hi’ and thank you for stopping by at my blog and for the “like’ on my Garlic and Herb Bread. I am looking forward in exploring your blog, it looks so beautiful and interesting. Have a great weekend.


    • Thanks for dropping in. 🙂 I enjoyed visiting your blog – your picture of the dam for Cee’s b&w challenge was great. I’m glad you liked some of my pictures as well.


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  11. Hi, thank you for the follow! 😄 What a wonderful blog you have! It’s clear that you adore children and I wish you the best of luck with your book. I’ll be reading some of your posts soon ☺


  12. I stopped by to thank you for the follow but got sidetracked reading your last blog! LOL I do hope your endeavor gets off the ground. It sounds absolutely wonderful. I know my grandkids would be wild about it. Have fun on your vacation.

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    • Thank you for visiting. I’m very glad you like my blog! If your grandkids like colouring in, feel free to print out some of my colouring pictures for when you’re next entertaining them. 🙂

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      • Thanks, I’ll do that next time they’re here from Maryland. They live on the other side of the country from us. Sure wish it were otherwise. We love to take them to the Children’s Tree House Museum here in Ogden when they’re here. Lots of pretend play things to do there. They’re 6, 4, 2 1/2, and 1. (Yes, my daughter is a crazy woman!)


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    • Thank you for thinking of me, Sabina. I have come across The Drabble before but I’ve never actually looked into submitting any stories. My stories were mostly over 100 words back then! I’ll have to look at them again now. 🙂


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  16. Nice one on leaving the PGCE. I completed mine and walked into a world of complete and total stress. I admire you for taking that step into the unknown. I intend to take it myself at some point writing fiction > scary! Love your writing


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