Hello and welcome to the website of

Margaret Bateson-Hill

author and storyteller

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I am a member of Children’s Writers and Illustrators for Stories and Literacy

For more info please contact cwislenquiries@hotmail.com

or visit the CWISL website www.cwisl.org.uk

For news about the CWISL writing festival held at London South Bank University visit the CWISL website



I am a member of Tall Tales Big Moves -  a dance theatre project taking place in Thanet, East Kent, and around the UK, combining dance, drama, creative writing, storytelling ...

Click on the logo to visit the Tall Tales website www.talltalesbigmoves.co.uk

For more info on Sea Story visit www.seastory.co.uk

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Read my tips for encouraging reluctant readers


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Looking for  a Patron of Reading in your school?

I am available at present - and will consider anywhere in the UK.

Do contact me if you are interested in discovering more.


Check out some great art work made by students  as part of World Book Day celebrations by reading my latest blog post

Welcome to my website where you can explore my books, and find out about me ,  

You'll find videos, blogs, soundcloud recordings,  downloadable resources,  information about school visits and dates of my public events (including my Horniman storytelling dates.)

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Happy 2018

It's a busy term ahead, and I'm looking forward to visiting some new schools and old friends. I am now fully booked for WORLD BOOK DAY week. For availablility the rest of the year please visit my events page.

I am delighted to be taking part in the Festival of Literature 2018 at Bishop Stortford College.

I'm busy writing a selection of poems, re visiting 'Leah's Christmas Story for a new version with Alanna Books

and finishing my new MG 'Tears for A Bluebird'

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photo by Gianluca De Girolamo www.adshot.co.uk

IOWF Great Telling Off

The Great Telling Off  at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

Fifteen finalists from years 5 and 6 all told a story - no reading, no prompts- just themselves! They were brilliant. Fellow storyteller, Sue Bailey and I had visited their schools previously. We gave them the following instructions:

They must include the phrase, 'The other side of the door.

Their story must not be longer than 4 minutes

They could work either alone, as a pair, or in a group of three

All stories were told in a Little Telling Off, with the children voting for their favourite to represent their school


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