Story based activity sessions for the under 5s
Storyplaytime Parties are now available! 
Choose from: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Moomins, Peepo!, The Baby's Catalogue, Lion who came to Lunch, Giraffe on a Sleepover and Poo at the Zoo! Contact me for more info! 
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Justine de Mierre

Storyplaytime has been set up by Justine de Mierre, a storyteller, theatre maker and performer, who, inspired by her son, wanted to find a way to use her skills to introduce the very young to the joys of story and theatre.
Justine has a degree in Psychology from Cambridge (including a specialist module in Child Psychology) and graduated in acting from Drama Studio London. As an actress, she performed in schools, theatres, museums, village halls, trains and stations across the country.
In 2000, she set up Ladder to the Moon - a theatre company that specialised in creating performances in public and community places. With Ladder to the Moon, she created, directed and performed shows and characters in places like shopping centres, high streets, working hospital wards and elderly care centres. Her characters performed for patients in the children's wards at St George's Hospital in London, even creating performances for children in isolation and families and children in the intensive care unit.  (Ladder to the Moon continues to this day, now focussing on work in care environments)
On leaving Ladder to the Moon in 2005, she was selected for the prestigious Clore Cultural Leadership Programme, completing some of the first academic research into Interactive Theatre in the UK. She has a particular interest in working with those with profound and multiple learning difficulties and has worked with both Bag Books, delivering training in storytelling for those with PMLD; and Oily Cart - the acclaimed theatre company making work for the under 2s and other non-verbal audiences - developing a piece of theatre for those with PMLD. Since 2008 she has been working with Puffin Books to deliver Storyplaytime sessions at book festivals across the country.
As well as running Storyplaytime sessions, she is a self-employed storyteller, theatre maker and arts consultant. For more information on Justine's other work, please visit 

Liz Burton-King

Storyplaytime sessions in the North are run by Liz Burton-King, a highly experienced children's workshop leader based in Glasgow.  
"Feedback has been great, mostly asking for us to do it again next year!" - Louise Gaskell, London School of Economics Literary Festival 
"We were absolutely charmed by Justine's event which so engages and entertains very young children from start to finish" - Tania Vian-Smith, Puffin Books