Taffy’s tales of uni­corns and a deal with devil

Middleton Guardian - - TIMES WHEN KEN DODD VISITED MIDDLETON - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

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

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