Kevin Graal is an experienced storyteller and educator with an extensive repertoire of traditional stories, riddles, songs and games from around the world. Over the past thirty years, he has established a reputation for excellence in a wide range of work: from performances for children and young people to teacher-training workshops and collaborations with leading arts organisations.
The main focus of Kevin's work is on the development of speaking and listening skills, and the dynamic connections between oral and written language.
Between 1998-2001, he was involved with Tate Britain in Visual Paths to Literacy, a partnership between writers, artists and teachers exploring links between words and images. With the National Theatre from 2001 to 2004, Kevin worked on Primary Shakespeare, a project designed to explore primary school children’s creative responses to Shakespeare’s plays across a range of art forms. More recently, Kevin has been contributing to the British Library's learning and exhibitions programme as well as a broad range of creative projects in UK Primary schools: from learning outside the classroom to developing playful approaches to phonics; from 'talking pictures' with babies and toddlers to improving the literacy skills of reluctant writers through storytelling and role-play.
Kevin has also been working on literacy and teacher-training projects with the British Council in the Middle East and a wide range of educational resources including Music Express, a prize-winning series of CDs, CD-ROMs and books containing lesson plans and resources for primary music teachers and Number & Play: Storytelling Toolkit for Practitioners, a resource for Early Years practitioners.
Over the past fifteen years, Kevin has developed a number of projects exploring environmental themes and ecological issues. In 2003, he was involved in the National Trust’s London Links - Connecting People Through Place, an arts and environment project exploring creative responses to particular buildings and outdoor sites including an old mill on the banks of one of London’s many rivers. More recently, Kevin has been working with children and teachers through Creative Partnerships Hastings & East Sussex on an initiative to develop approaches to learning in outdoor spaces. At the De La Warr Pavilion on the East Sussex coast, he has been working with children and their teachers exploring how the building and its geographical setting can inspire creative learning.
Kevin contributed to the 2005 Ashden Directory round-table conversation between arts practitioners, educationalists and environmentalists about how to engage children in the issue of climate change.