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Trapped inside the pages of a dusty old book, two tiny people are itching for adventure. If you find a book mysteriously moved or fallen from the shelves of your local library, you might wonder if they are near…

A Small Tale: A Teacher-Led Adventure is a Punchdrunk Enrichment project for primary schools, led by the teacher in the classroom.

The teacher and their class read a mysterious old picture book about two mischievous and messy tiny people with a love of stories but when they return to the book the following day the pages are all blank, except for two sets of tiny footprints… and they discover that the tiny characters have escaped. Will the pupils be able to get them back to safety, before it’s too late?


Project aims

It aims to inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices for literacy; placing the teacher at the centre of the creativity.

Teachers are given all the tools to lead a creative learning project for their pupils which aims to ignite and inspire a passion for writing whilst raising standards in reading, speaking and listening.

Download the teacher pack to find out more.


Who is it for?

This project is suitable for years 1 – 4.


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Teachers in locations across England can now bring A Small Tale to their school.


Teachers in London can now bring A Small Tale to their school.
In London the project is available to a limited group of teachers along with a day of CPD on 4th March 2020. To find out more, click on the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button below. The cost is £360 which includes all the resources needed to deliver the project and a full day’s CPD.

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We’re also partnering with Nottingham Playhouse to bring A Small Tale to primary schools across the county. The CPD day for the project will take place in February 2020.
If your school is based in Nottinghamshire and would like to take part in the project, email [email protected]



We’re partnering with The New Vic to bring A Small Tale to schools in Stoke. We will be running a CPD day for the project in January 2020. Schools in the area can find out more information by contacting Lynn Parry, Education Project and Administration Manager: [email protected]


We’re partnering with the Royal Opera House to deliver A Small Tale in schools across Thurrock. Check the website for future opportunities.

We’re also keen to hear from you if you’re an arts organisation working with primary schools regionally across the UK: [email protected]


A Small Tale as a legacy project for The Lost Lending Library

A Small Tale works both as a stand alone project and a legacy project for The Lost Lending Library.
The dusty old picture book that the whole project is based on is later discovered to have originally been withdrawn from a ‘mysterious library’ which disappeared as quickly as it appeared. This will be assumed to be The Lost Lending Library by children and teachers who have experienced this project and can then continue and reinforce the magic of the library after it has left the school.

This project had a big impact on reluctant writers.

– Year 3/4 Teacher, 2016
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Creative Team

  • Director & Writer

    Tara Boland

  • Designer

    Kirsty Harris

  • Illustrator

    Grace Brennan

  • Graphic Design

    James Wright


I had pages of writing from children who usually struggle to put pen to paper.

– Year 3 Teacher, 2016

The children were very keen to write about where they thought the characters might be, with lots of original ideas and good quality writing.

– Year 3 Teacher, 2016

This project was brilliant. My colleague and I were so excited about teaching the lessons and the resources that were provided were outstanding! Thank you. The props were of such a high quality, totally believable and easy to set up. It was a pleasure to teach and reminded me why I became a teacher.

– Year 2 Teacher, 2016
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