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Dr Alastair K. Daniel currently works at the University of Roehampton as the Principal Lecturer in Primary English Education. For twelve years he divided his time between university lecturing and educational storytelling in schools in the UK and Belgium, entering full time academia in 2010. Since originally graduating as a teacher of mathematics in 1985, he has gained experience working in every phase of education both as teacher and storyteller and in addition has contributed to the professional development of teachers both at home and abroad.

Having been a teacher of mathematics, religious education, dance and drama, it is no surprise that Alastair’s doctoral studies were of an interdisciplinary nature developing a method for the narrative analysis of performance. The prolonged period of research leading to the submission of his thesis allowed Alastair to apply test his theoretical model within his own work, including elements of ritual signification within storytelling. Following the award of his PhD by the University of Surrey in 2008, he has been applying the insights gained through his studies (and subsequent research) to developing the understanding of storytelling as a process process and teaching as a narrative activity.

Alastair continues to tell stories whenever possible and is a regular contributor at the Surrey Storytellers Guild club, Three Heads in Well, in Ewell.

 

Publications:

 

“The Social Art of Language”: A Semiotic Response to Engagement Strategies in Performance Storytelling, in Storytelling, Self, Society, Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2018.

Teachers and children: a classroom community of storytellers, in 'Unlocking Speaking and Listening' (3rd edition) edited by Pam Hodson and Deborah Jones (Routledge, 2017)

Storytelling and Narrative Art, in in Facts and Fiction magazine Issue 103, November 2017

'A Creature of the time'? Bringing Shakespeare into the 21st Century Classroom, Erziehung & Unterricht. 3-4, 2015. 165. 272-280.(2015)

Story, Dialogue and Meaning, in Internationalization in Teacher Education Vol. 4: Communication. (2014). In Rabensteiner, P. and Rabensteiner, G. (eds) I Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, 156-169

Storytelling across the primary curriculum (Routledge, 2011)

Storytelling across the primary curriculum (UKLA Proceedings of International Conference (15-17 July 2011) pages 91-95 of 264 [online])

From folktales to algorithms: developing the teacher’s role as principal storyteller in the classroom In ‘Early Child Development and Care’, Vol. 177 Numbers 6 & 7 August 2007 London: Routledge

The Teacher as Storyteller, EBS (English Speaking Board) Magazine (Summer 2006)

Leaving Home, (with Diane Craven) in ‘About to Receive’ edited by Diane Craven and Mark Stafford (Diocese of Southwark 2005)

Let them eat cake… or grapes… or jelly babies… but what about the bread of life? in ‘About to Receive’ edited by Diane Craven and Mark Stafford (Diocese of Southwark 2005)

Child Soldiers - I Object Production of assembly materials and PSHE lessons for KS3 and KS4 (co-authored with Diane Craven) Save the Children Fund 1999

 

Conference Papers and Lectures:

Realising dreamscapes: exploring the artistry of teaching through an interdisciplinary approach to picturebooks, at The UKLA International Conference (Cardiff, 7 July 2018)

Voices from the woods: storytelling and the phenomenal child - Exploring macro and micro worlds through storytelling, at the UKLA International Conference (University of Strathclyde, July 2017)

Voices from the woods: storytelling and the phenomenal child - Exploring macro and micro worlds through storytelling, at the UKLA International Conference (University of Strathclyde, July 2017)

Story in the classroom: the coin and currency of culture. Lecture at the Robert Musil Literature Museum, Klagenfurt (10 October 2016)

Voices from the woods: storytelling and the phenomenal child - Exploring place through narrative: Storytelling in woodlands, at the UKLA International Conference (Bristol, July 2016)

Peeling the SPAG Onion (with J. Borgeaud, D. Falconer, and S. Rees) at the UKLA International Conference (Bristol, July 2016)

Getting to grips with Grammar (Part 2), at the UKLA International Conference (University of Nottingham, July 2015)

Storytelling - the social art of language, at the UKLA International Conference (University of Brighton, July 2014)

Exploring teachers' subject knowledge for teaching English. Symposium with Naomi Flynn and Liz Chamberlain presented at the UKLA International Conference (University of Brighton, July 2014)

It ain't what you say...' - a semiotic examination of the non-verbal components of storytelling. at the Story of Memory Conference, University of Roehampton. (2014).

Telling tall tales in a low land: storytelling Grimms and the teaching of EFL at After Grimms Conference (University of Kingston 6-8 September 2012)

Reading Journals and Reading Journeys - an exploration of being and doing in Initial Teacher Education at Learning and Teaching Conference (London Metropolitan University 10 July 2012)

Reading Journals and Reading Journeys, with Alayne Öztürk and Louise Dryden at UKLA International Conference (University of Leicester 6-8 July 2012)

Total language – developing speaking and listening in the primary classroom at UKLA International Conference (University of Winchester 6-8 July 2012)

The teacher as principal storyteller in a classroom community of storytellers at UKLA International Conference (University of Greenwich 8-11th July 2010)

Teaching as storytelling: modelling speaking and listening in the classroom” in Unlocking speaking and listening: creating a culture for talk in the primary classroom. at the Spoken Word Conference , Rose Theatre and Kingston University September 2009

Creative Approaches to Storytelling at the Comenius Association Conference, University of Kingston, 2005

A Phenomenological Approach to the Liturgy of the Church of England - some implications for mission at the 20th Congress of Societas Liturgica, Dresden, 2005

Towards A Phenomenological Approach to the Liturgy of the Church of England at the Society for Liturgical Studies, Mirfield College, 2004

Performance Theory and the Signification of Liturgical Objects at the 19th Congress of Societas Liturgica, Eindhoven, 2003

An introduction to the comparative semiotics of the use of space in ritual and theatre in the Department of Theology, St Mary’s University College, Surrey, 2002

Getting to grips with Grammar (Part 2), at the UKLA International Conference (University of Nottingham, July 2015)

Storytelling - the social art of language, at the UKLA International Conference (University of Brighton, July 2014)

Exploring teachers' subject knowledge for teaching English. Symposium with Naomi Flynn and Liz Chamberlain presented at the UKLA International Conference (University of Brighton, July 2014)

It ain't what you say...' - a semiotic examination of the non-verbal components of storytelling. at the Story of Memory Conference, University of Roehampton. (2014).

Telling tall tales in a low land: storytelling Grimms and the teaching of EFL at After Grimms Conference (University of Kingston 6-8 September 2012)

Reading Journals and Reading Journeys - an exploration of being and doing in Initial Teacher Education at Learning and Teaching Conference (London Metropolitan University 10 July 2012)

Reading Journals and Reading Journeys, with Alayne Öztürk and Louise Dryden at UKLA International Conference (University of Leicester 6-8 July 2012)

Total language – developing speaking and listening in the primary classroom at UKLA International Conference (University of Winchester 6-8 July 2012)

The teacher as principal storyteller in a classroom community of storytellers at UKLA International Conference (University of Greenwich 8-11th July 2010)

Teaching as storytelling: modelling speaking and listening in the classroom” in Unlocking speaking and listening: creating a culture for talk in the primary classroom. at the Spoken Word Conference , Rose Theatre and Kingston University September 2009

Creative Approaches to Storytelling at the Comenius Association Conference, University of Kingston, 2005

A Phenomenological Approach to the Liturgy of the Church of England - some implications for mission at the 20th Congress of Societas Liturgica, Dresden, 2005

Towards A Phenomenological Approach to the Liturgy of the Church of England at the Society for Liturgical Studies, Mirfield College, 2004

Performance Theory and the Signification of Liturgical Objects at the 19th Congress of Societas Liturgica, Eindhoven, 2003

An introduction to the comparative semiotics of the use of space in ritual and theatre in the Department of Theology, St Mary’s University College, Surrey, 2002