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Richard O’Neill – Romani storytelling and virtual author visits

Richard O’Neill is a multi-award winning storyteller, author, playwright and recycling maker. Born and raised in a large traditional nomadic Romani family he brings all of that unique experience and knowledge to the range of sessions he delivers for schools, libraries, festivals, universities and theatres. As a leading figure in the creation and delivery of virtual storytelling he can offer:

  • A particular interest in using literature to promote inclusion and social mobility.
  • A unique and creative approach to learning that not only allows children across the key stages to have fun, but produces amazing results for them and their schools!

Richard is also:

  • A skilled woodcarver, making a range of toys that accompany many of his original stories including ‘Little Geordie’ and the ‘tree Buddies.
  • A a designated National Literacy Hero, co-founder of Diverse Book Week and the creator of ‘Lumberjunkers.’
  • His picture books and plays have received numerous awards in the UK and in the USA including an Aesop medal.

Contact Richard on 07918 103 051 or visit his website at

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Richard O'Neill Storytelling

Contact name:

Richard O'Neill

Contact email:



Type of offer:

Digital/online activity or resource CPD/training/creative opportunity for teachers

Key Stage:

EY - 5


£From £125 for one hour



Nature of activity or art form:

Literature & reading

Subject or curriculum focus:

Art & design Citizenship Dance Drama English Gatsby benchmarks (skills for employment) Geography History Maths Music PE PSHE SMSC Science

Outcomes for children & young people:

Improved mental health and wellbeing Raised aspirations Raised attainment Social skills Learning about equality and diversity Future work: careers/employability skills Future study: access to university, FE or HE Global/international learning


Virtual visits for schools, libraries and festivals.