Taffy’s tales of unicorns and a deal with devil
STUDENTS at Manchester Creative and Media Academy had an inspiring visit from renowned storyteller Taffy Thomas.
Taffy Thomas trained as a literature and drama teacher at Dudley col- lege of education.
After suffering a severe stroke at the age of 36, story telling became Taffy’s way of learning to speak again.
Motivated by instilling magic and spreading the word of legend to young people, Taffy turned his misfortune into a career.
He visits schools to help young people to reconnect with creativity and storytelling, in the age of technology and mobile phones.
From unicorns to magical golden cradles, the wonderful stories that Taffy has collected through his personal travels were passed on to the enthusiastic students of MCMA.
Students were given the opportunity to listen to three tales deriving from fishermen, travellers and carpenters from around the world.
Students were tasked with keeping the stories alive by repeating them to their friends.
English teacher Laura Marsden said: “Our students displayed a wonderful attitude and remained thoroughly engaged and passionate throughout the sessions; leaving with minds full of enchanted images that they can now pass on to others.
“It wasn’t just the children sitting on the end of their seat; I was desperate to know what happened to the young fisherman who made a deal with the devil.
“It was wonderful to see each student so engaged and interested. I think having the students outside of the usual classroom environment every once in a while is really important and I know they loved every minute of it.”
Taffy Thomas visited Manchester Creative and Media Academy