Testimonials

Dan Worsley came for his third visit to Strike Lane Primary School. The children, as usual, were very excited to see Dan and hear all his wonderful tales.
Dan’s ability to capture the children’s imagination is beyond wonderful; it truly is a gift to tell stories that engage the whole audience, children and staff alike. Not only is Dan a wonderful author and storyteller but he’s also a talented performer, his stories were brought to life in front our eyes with the help of his ‘storyteller’s waistcoat’.
Thank you again for bringing your tales to our school.

Rachel Kershaw
Strike Lane Primary, Freckleton

Dan came to Langholm St.Leonards today to launch our Book Week. He had the whole school totally hooked on his Impossible Tales and then continued to inspire all our infant classes with more storytelling. Can’t wait to invite you back. Thank you.

Judy McMahon
St Leonard's CE Primary, Langho

Gripping. Thrilling. Truly Spectacular!
From the second Dan walked into our school the children were filled with excitement, anticipation and a hunger for reading…of course helped along by the appearance of his jazzy waistcoat! His story telling assembly showed our children just how they can take the everyday occurrences and turn them into stomach churning, eye popping, side splitting stories.
During the writing workshop, Dan’s passion for what he does came through and inspired the children to think about how the use of vocabulary can hook an audience and create a shared image of what the author wants the reader to create from their books.
We cannot wait to have Dan back again, we’re eagerly anticipating the release of the next book!

Natalie Reardon
Pendle Primary Academy, Nelson

We were fortunate to have an author visit from Dan. He has an exquisite way with the students – they hung on his every word. Dan read a few passages from his book, his approach to this and talent had the audience gripping onto their imagination and craving more. I would encourage all Primary, Secondary and Further Education organisations to add Dan to their guest lists.

Nazmin Musa
Support Teaching & Learning/Early Years Lecturer, Nelson & Colne College

Working with Dan Worsley over the years has been a joy; there are very few people who show the same level of commitment to engage all children to listen, read and write! Needless to say, Dan is an extremely talented writer and storyteller, but what makes working with Dan special is his ability to inspire every child and adult in a room. Whether it is for a small family workshop or a whole school assembly, Dan delivers a magical experience for all.
Inviting Dan Worsley to work with Grundy Art Gallery has been really exciting, as we’re always testing out new ideas of how we can work together to put the children’s learning first. No task is too big or too small, no challenge unaccepted, because we know working together in Blackpool requires some trial and error. We’ve developed storytelling sessions in situ to secret code breaking workshops, all with the same objective: to bring the love of literacy and creativity together.

Taneesha Ahmed
Education Officer, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Dan, Patron of Reading, Author in Residence – we cannot thank you enough for all the work you have put in at Boundary Primary. Nothing has been too much trouble over the year and you have gone above and beyond to motivate and inspire our children to read and write. From all the children and staff at Boundary – thank you and we look forward to more visits in the future!

Helen Moyes
Assistant Headteacher, Boundary Primary, Blackpool

I can’t thank Dan enough for such an inspirational and engaging author assembly. Every child (and adult!) was captivated from start to finish and laughter was the star of the show!
So many children have enjoyed reading Dan’s fabulous adventure stories for themselves and have continued to ask when he will be back in school to tell another ‘awesome’ story!
A true inspiration and talent – Thank you Dan for the amazing work you do in getting children to fall in love with reading! See you again very soon.

Helen Jones
Deputy Headteacher, Spring Hill Primary School, Accrington

Thank you so much Dan for such an inspiring and engaging author assembly! The children hung off your every word and came away feeling really enthused about reading and writing. You are not only a fabulous writer but also a very talented storyteller, we all laughed along with you in the right places and really enjoyed your tale. Can’t wait to welcome you to St Teresa’s next year.

Leanne Garrett
St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Cleveleys

Dan’s approach when working with the children was simply captivating! All the team at Delph Side valued our time with Dan, staff and children alike.

Liz Ormerod
Headteacher, Delph Side Primary School, Skelmersdale

We were fortunate to have an author visit from Dan recently. He has such a lovely manner with the children – they hung on his every word and still talk about his stories and the writing tips they learned from him!
His enthusiasm for creative writing combined with his love of telling impossible tales make him a fascinating guest, whose energy and enthusiasm for his work captures the imaginations of our pupils.
Dan has a natural ability to communicate to children of all ages and abilities. I have been amazed and impressed at the standard of work the pupils achieved during the morning’s work – not only does he improve the pupils’ standards of writing, but their attitudes to and enjoyment of writing is enhanced as well.
I would encourage all primary and secondary schools to add Dan to their guest lists as I can guarantee they will NOT be disappointed!

David Sherriff
Headteacher, Lowton St Mary's CE Primary, Leigh

Dan visited our school to tell the children about his journey as a children’s author and what’s involved in the writing process. He was GREAT! The kids were totally inspired from start to finish – you could’ve heard a pin drop as Dan told them about his life! The children were left with an eagerness to go and write their own tales after witnessing Dan’s imagination go off on all different tangents. We will definitely be having Dan back for the next academic year.

Rebecca Smith
Walverden Primary School, Nelson

The children were spellbound today with a visit from amazing author Dan Worsley. Dream chasing and the resilience to achieve goals inspired everyone as we all alternated from being open-mouthed to creased with laughter. He made anything seem possible.

Rachel Shields
Bryning with Warton St. Paul's C of E Primary School

It is always wonderful to welcome Dan into Ellel St John’s and his visits never fail to be inspiring, motivational and fun for our pupils. After the success of two engaging and hilarious assemblies, Dan recently returned to deliver class-based workshops to all of our KS2 classes as well as a parents’ session. The children were enthralled and the writing they produced as a result was outstanding! Thank you Dan – we’ll see you again soon!

Jo FitzGerald
Ellel St. John's CofE Primary School, Lancaster

Rubber gloves and cow pats! How could Year 7 not enjoy Dan’s stories? Even at the end of a long week they were sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation. Dan’s books are always out on loan from the library, engaging readers and supporting our ethos of reading for pleasure. We look forward to seeing you again next year Dan, for more hilarious tales which inspire our young people to pick up a book.

Lorna Clempson
Learning Resource Manager, Fleetwood High School
Dan is fantastic. His ability to engage the children (and teachers) with his story telling is effortless. His journey from ‘ordinary Blackpool lad’ to children’s author and story teller is inspirational, and demonstrates to the children the power of resilience and perseverance.
I cannot recommend Dan highly enough. If your young writers need inspiring then Dan’s your man!
Nancy Sharples
Briercliffe Primary School, Burnley

Wow! What an amazing day we had when Dan visited Holy Family, Blackpool. The children were really fired up from the start and Dan’s writing workshops resulted in some wonderful writing. You never appreciate what’s on your own doorstep and this is certainly true of Dan. As a local author, Dan really appealed to the children. His book signing session was a real treat. Thanks Dan and can’t wait until you’re back!

Helen Moreton
Headteacher, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Blackpool

Dan consistently delivers gripping and imaginative stories for our young library members. I’ve rarely met a storyteller who can capture the imagination of young people the way he can. We regularly have requests from youngsters and parents alike for more visits from Dan.

Clancy Mason
Reader Development Manager, Blackpool Library Service

During Dan’s visit to Clifton, he gave a real insight into the life of the author and the process of writing a first draft right through to publishing a finished article. The children were really inspired by Dan, to follow their dreams and pursue their goals. The children also loved it when Dan read some extracts from his book. They particularly liked ‘Blown Away’. Thanks Dan!

Rachel Legge
Headteacher, Clifton Primary School, St Annes

The children of Stanah Primary School were fortunate enough to have a visit from Dan Worsley, children’s author and former Blackpool teacher. They were fascinated by Dan’s engaging description of his journey from the planning, writing and editing stages to finally becoming a published author and thoroughly entertained by the excerpts he read. The children and teachers really enjoyed the visit and were inspired by Dan’s enthusiasm and approach to writing.

Fran Bird
Deputy Head teacher, Stanah Primary School, Thornton-Cleveleys

Dan is a fantastic storyteller and author! He engages with the kids and scoops them up into his stories and tales. At Moor Park Library, we had the pleasure of Dan launching his book, ‘Impossible Tales!’ to an enthralled audience, as part of National Libraries Day 2015. It was a pleasure to see his enthusiasm and excitement about his book and being an author; feelings which soon captivated the children who clamoured to buy signed copies.

Jane Berry
Library Team Leader, Moor Park and Anchorsholme libraries, Blackpool