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Our Story


Oak Tree Arts began life in 2011, with four enthusiastic young writers.  Nestled away behind the bookshelves of Abbey Books, they tested their writing skills, challenged their imaginations, and created some fantastic stories!

Since then, we have grown to create and provide storytelling & creative writing clubs for ages 3 – 21.  

We continue to run our weekly meetings but also provide projects for nursery, school and community groups.

Each year we publish a book of story creations and celebrate our writers achievements with a special book launch party.


All of our projects are designed to support language and literacy development through games and play.

We currently run in person and online writing clubs.

Our Storyteller

Susan Kirkwood is the Founder, Storyteller & Creative Writing Coach for Oak Tree Arts.

Susan is a writer, storyteller, editor and artist.

Qualified in: Early Education & Childcare, Technical & Productions Arts and Community Arts. Susan specialises in language & literacy development.

Susan uses creative writing, drama and role-play as her tools to create experiences that put a focus on fun. Her practices are designed to be responsive to each individual child’s needs. Helping them to develop their skills and confidence in a nurturing and engaging environment.

Susan’s techniques have been published by the Care Inspectorate to share with other practitioners.

She is fully disclosed and has PVG membership.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, you can contact Susan at: susan@oaktreearts.co.uk


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