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Ever After

Thursday 15th June

Ever After: Steer The Story Craft

The Story Museum faces a challenge. It must gather the greatest stories of all time and the greatest ways of telling them. Only then can it become a wonder. Only then can it enrich young lives for generations to come.

So it has dispatched Ever After, its fantastical Story Craft, on a mission to collect the 1001 greatest stories and the treasures they contain. Tales from other times and places. Told in person, on paper, on screen. But where should it go and what should it bring back? And can the craft escape the dark forces that threaten its very existence?

The Story Museum’s Story Craft will be manned by an all-star crew of authors, illustrators and storytellers including Andy Stanton, Katherine Rundell, Katy Ridell, and Joseph Coelho. As it makes its way through various story worlds, visitors to The Story Museum in Oxford will be able to track the craft from ‘Mission Control’, a new and exciting interactive installation (designed by Tom Piper, MBE) where children and families can write, draw, film and record their suggestions for the stories that should become part of the museum’s collection.

And fans of the museum unable to visit needn’t worry – progress of the craft’s voyage will also be shared online. A series of blogs posted by the various crew members throughout the journey will update online readers of the successes and challenges faced, all accompanied by beautiful illustrations from up-and-coming illustrator Katy Riddell. Online readers will be encouraged to celebrate in the crew’s successes, help overcome the perils faced during the voyage, and offer suggestions as to where the ship should journey to next!

Whether manning Mission Control in Oxford, or plotting the course and monitoring the crew’s progress online, The Story Museum needs your help to make The Story Craft’s mission a success. Failure is not an option!

The Crew:

Nicolette Jones (Captain)
Nicolette Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster, and has been Children’s Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times for over 20 years. As well as programming and chairing literary events, she is a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Kings College, London.

Nicolette’s books include Blooming Books, with writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs, and the award-winning The Plimsoll Sensation about the Victorian philanthropist Samuel Plimsoll and his campaign for sailors. She lives in North London.
Katherine Rundell (Lookout Kate, the Ship’s Boy)
Kate grew up in African and Europe. After completing a degree in English and a doctorate on John Donne, she is now a full-time writer and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she studies Renaissance literature and climbs old buildings at night. Kate’s award-winning books include The Girl Savage, Rooftoppers and The Wolf Wilder. 2017 will see the publication of an adventure novel The Explorer from Bloomsbury and a picture book with Emily Sutton, On Christmas Eve. Kate lives near London Bridge and in Oxford.

Joseph Coelho (Science Officer)
Joseph Coelho is a performance poet and playwright. He has written plays for the Polka Theatre, Lyric, Hammersmith, and Unicorn Theatre and performs his poetry shows across the UK. Joseph’s poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Green Glass Beads, edited by Jacqueline Wilson and The Works 6, edited by Pie Corbett. His first solo collection, Werewolf Club Rules, was published in 2014. He lives in North London.

Anna Conomos (Ship’s Cook)
International storyteller and author Anna Conomos was born in Canada and spent much of her early life in Australia and Greece before moving to the UK, where she studied Greek at university and, in 2005, won the Young Storyteller of the Year UK award.  Anna collects and performs folk and fairy tales, myths, legends and songs from across the globe, encouraging audiences of all ages to turn into crazy characters, learn interactive rhythms and journey through time and space. Anna lives in

Steven Butler (Navigator)
Steven Butler grew up in Kent, but now lives in London. He is the author of the bestselling The Diary Of Dennis The Menace and The Wrong Pong fiction series.
As well as writing the hit 2015 World Book Day title, World Menace Day, Steven also hosted dozens of top-name Authors across the ten key nationwide events, forWorld Book Day’s The Biggest Book Show on Earth (2015 & 2016) for over 30,000 children.

Katy Riddell (Ship’s Artist)
Katy Riddell is a talented young artist developing a career in picture book and comic illustration. She works mostly in pen and ink and watercolour on paper. Katy grew up in Brighton surrounded by stories and drawings, and studied illustration at Studio Riddell and Manchester School of Art.


Ship’s Pet: The last pig-footed bandicoot
Herbivorous marsupial, native of Australia and New Guinea. In general found resting in hollow logs. Last seen in 1926. This female was rescued, by popular acclaim.

About The Story Museum
The Story Museum is a registered charity with a vision is to enrich lives, particularly young lives, through story. We do this by providing great ways of engaging with great stories here in our Museum in the centre of Oxford and through our work in schools and the community. The Museum opened to the public in 2014 after a first stage of capital works and is currently raising funds for ‘Chapter 2’ to continue the development of its site and to bring the whole building into use.

During 2017, alongside a regular programme of immersive and interactive exhibitions and events, The Story Museum is asking audiences to suggest which stories and story-related objects should become part of the finished Museum’s collection.

Ever After is supported by Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts Programme.

The Story Museum is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by Arts Council England.

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