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Animal and dinosaur tales at The Word

Youngsters and their families can take a walk on the wild side this February Half Term with a medley of animal-tastic interactive storytelling sessions.

A trio of South Tyneside performers will bring to life the exotic and exciting tales from the animal kingdom during the school break at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word.

Children can have a roaring time with renowned storyteller Tony Wilson and musician Tom McConville, from South Shields, during their storytelling sessions about the many colourful and fascinating animals from across the globe. While North-East based actress and singer Natasha Haws, originally from South Shields, will transport intrepid explorers back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Little monkeys will be able to enjoy Animal Stories From Around The Worldwhich will feature music on guitar, banjo and violin as well as plenty of songs and actions for young visitors to join in with. During the sessions delivered by Tony and To members of the audience will be asked to help create their own animal stories.

Raptors, T-Rexs and a stegosaurus are just some of the fascinating dinosaurs which will feature in Natasha Haws' Dinosaur Tales.Children will hear stories about the loveable dinosaurs and their friends in each immersive storytelling session featuring colourful projections. The Dinosaur Talesstorytelling sessions are being delivered in partnership with The Customs House

Youngsters can enjoy Animal Sories From Around The World on Wednesday 22 February at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm, in the Catherine Cookson room at The Word. Each session is 45 minutes and tickets are £3.50 per person.

Natasha will deliver Dinosaur Tales on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February at 10am, 11.15am and 2pm, in StoryWorld - an immersive storytelling experience at The Word. Each session is 40 minutes and tickets are £3.50 for a child, £2.50 for an adult and £10.50 for a family of four.  

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