Tony Bonning's repertoire includes traditional tales with an energetic spin, as well as original stories by himself and others. His work as a writer of children's books influences his choice of stories and he loves spontaneous language, sometimes incorporating puppets, rhymes and poetry into his session. He also has a deep interest in world myth, legend and folklore.
Tony's storytelling is largely undertaken for nursery and primary age children but he is also adept at working with teenagers and adults. He runs three weekly music and storytelling groups for children, and with six kids of his own, has plenty of opportunities to practice and develop his repertoire.
Born in the village of Crosshill in Carrick in the Galloway Hills, Tony went on to study engineering before becoming a free-lance journalist. He turned to writing full-time in 1994 and has published three children's books including the best-seller, “Another Fine Mess” (illustrated by Sally Hobson), with more on the way. He is co-producer of the poetry magazine, Markings, and has also published two high quality “coffee table” volumes with photographer Allan Wright: the recently published Arran and the best-selling Galloway. Tony was Children's Poet in Residence at Taigh Chearsabhagh on North Uist March in May 2001 and is also founder and director of the highly successful Galloway Children’s Festival.
In addition to telling stories in libraries, clubs and schools, Tony toured with the Readiscovery Book Bus.
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