Don't take Our Word For It...

Wherever John tells his stories the reaction is always the same: people are delighted, thrilled, excited, entranced. Sometimes the stories bring sadness, often they produce real tears of laughter. Most of his bookings are either return visits or the result of recommendations.

To be frank this isn`t really surprising - he`s been working in front of live audiences of one kind or another for 30 years so he ought to have learned something!

What`s important about the quotes below is that they are absolutely unsolicited and thus completely genuine responses to what people have seen and heard.

See for yourself - this is just a selection of what people have said:

‘Spellbinding - there`s no other word to describe it!’
Alleyn`s Junior School, Dulwich

‘Brilliant! I Wish I could tell stories like that!’
William De Ferrers School, South Woodham Ferrers

‘The best special event this school has ever had - you`ll have to come again!’
St. Clere`s School, Stanford le Hope

‘What a gift you have!’
Dulwich College Junior School

‘They were hanging on your every word - as always!’
St. Cedd`s School, Bradwell on Sea

‘I`ve never seen so many children with their jaws on the floor!’
Holy Family School, Benfleet

‘It`s almost as if there are pictures in the air around you while you`re telling the stories.’
Bickley Park School, Bromley

‘Sometimes when people come to the school you know the children have had a good time, but when the dust has settled you wonder what they really got out of it. With you there`s no question - the whole school is buzzing!’
Kennett County Primary School, Suffolk

‘The girls have sung your praises ever since - many thanks.’
The Mount School, Mill Hill

‘The best stories we`ve heard for a long, long time!’
Yerbury Primary School, Islington

‘You had them hooked from the start... it`s absolutely inspired them!’
‘I cannot imagine a better start to these childrens` secondary education than the inspiration you`ve given them - thank you so much!’

Gable Hall School, Thurrock

‘That they sat for an hour and just listened says everything: they loved it!’
Colchester Pupil Referral Unit

‘This man is a master storyteller!’
Deb Jacks, Librarian, Deanes School, Benfleet

‘You`ll never be as rich as J K Rowling, but when you tell your stories you touch kids` lives in a way she can only dream about.’
New Hall School, Boreham

‘Absolutely brilliant! Can you come again next year?’
Arbury Primary, Cambridge

‘I shouldn`t say this `cos you`ll probably double your fees, but you are without doubt the best value for money we`ve ever had from any visitor to this school.’
Streatham Hill and Clapham High School for Girls

‘Both your stories and your storytelling have already become legendary and everyone wants to know if you can come again soon.’
Elstree School, Reading

Hockley Primary School, Essex

‘Absolutely fantastic - they have thoroughly enjoyed every minute!’
Holy Family RC Primary School, Witham

‘It`s not just that you tell the stories so brilliantly, you pitch them so perfectly at the age group, and that`s such a rare skill.’
Maldon Court Prep School

‘The best start to the Book Week we could possibly have had!’
Petham Primary, Canterbury

‘Wonderful stories, perfectly told!’
James Oglethorpe Primary, Havering.

‘They were enraptured!’
Salcombe Prep School, Southgate

‘Brilliant! I Wish I could tell stories like that!’
Chris Farmer, William De Ferrers Library,
South Woodham Ferrers

‘I have never seen such young children so transfixed for so long!’
Sheering Primary, Bishop`s Stortford

‘I wouldn`t hesitate to recommend you to anyone.’
Cranford House School, Moulsford, Oxford

‘We`ve been working on putting detail and atmosphere into stories and the way you tell stories has given us so much to work with!’
Blackheath Nursery and Prep School

‘Absolutely fabulous! It was a delight to listen to you, and it was a delight to see their faces. They were totally enraptured for the whole hour!’
Holmewood House School, Tunbridge Wells

‘That was fantastic!’
Oundle School, Peterborough

‘He is brilliant!’
Denmeade School, Middlesex

‘I`ve never seen the year sixes burst into spontaneous applause before! Wonderful!’
Bournes Green Junior, Southend

‘Fantastic! I hope you realise you`re now an annual feature on our calendar!’
Eaton House School, Belgravia

‘Wonderful as always!’
Buxlow Prep School, Wembley

‘Absolutely fantastic - if it`s possible you were even better this year than last!’
‘You tell the Mauri legends I grew up with better than anyone I ever heard in New Zealand.’

St Anthony`s School, Hampstead

‘That was absolutely wonderful - a sheer delight!’
Durston House School, Ealing

‘Can you come back tomorrow?’
Our Lady`s Junior, Abingdon

‘I just wanted to say that I could see the children loved that, and so did I - it was absolutely wonderful!’
Ofsted Inspector, Milton Hall School, Westcliffe on Sea

‘The children loved your stories - and so did the grown ups!’
Katherine Semar Junior, Saffron Walden

‘Absolutely fantastic - I love the way your stories can go off in different directions and the children just follow wherever the story takes them, it`s marvellous to see!’
Duncombe School, Bengeo, Herts

‘They`ve been galvanized all week by the ideas you gave them - it`s been thrilling to see their response!’
Great Bradfords Infants school, Braintree

‘You are, quite literally, magic. You have cast a spell over these children and enriched their lives.’
Chairman of Governors, Boxted Primary School, Colchester

‘Fantastic!..... Amazing!’
The Vale School, Kensington

‘I was talking about you with my class afterwards and they were buzzing! They couldn`t get over how one person on their own, with no props, costumes, make-up or special effects, could hold their attention so completely for a whole hour. They were amazed and so was I!’
Canvey Junior School, Canvey Island

‘We thought we knew the story of Icarus, but your version brought it so much more alive than any other version we`ve come across.’
Chrishall Junior School, Royston

‘Absolutely wonderful and very very funny!’
Pinewood School, Bourton, Wilts

‘Many thanks once again - wonderful!’
Clifton College Junior School, Bristol

‘The feedback has been fantastic!’
Frances Mason, Youth Services Librarian, London Borough of Bexley

‘I don`t have to ask if they enjoyed it - I could see their faces!’
Northwood Prep School, Rickmansworth

‘I laughed so much I thought I was going to be sick!’
Year 2 Pupil, Summercroft Infants, Bishops Stortford

‘I have never in my life seen children so engrossed and spellbound - it was utterly wonderful!’
Sheering Primary

‘Every child in this school is rushing around swapping stories and talking about who they`re going to tell them to when they get home. Thank you for such a wonderful day!’
Thaxted Primary

‘The Best Storyteller in the world!’
West Leigh Junior School, Southend