Blood, guts, gore and a lot of good fun proved the perfect combination for a Sunderland writer 25 years ago. It was 25 years ago that Terry Deary first picked up his pen to produce Terrible Tudors and Awesome Egyptians, the first of what would become his famous Horrible Histories series.Two and a half decades later the series has sold 30 million books which have been translated into 40 different languages.Alongside illustrator Martin Brown, the pair offered children – and adults – something unique. History told, not through dreary dates and boring lectures, but via silly jokes, blood-stained battles and a lot of gore.Terry said: “I published my first children’s book 40 years ago and I remember the publisher saying that writing is like a sausage machine – you have to keep putting it in one end to get the product out of the other.“I spent my youth in my dad’s Sunderland butcher shop making sausages, so that is an image that has stuck with me. I … [Read more...] about Sunderland author Terry Deary celebrates 25 years of Horrible Histories
Horrible histories is celebrates 25 years of foul facts with a visit to Grimsby. Those Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians will be live on stage at Grimsby Auditorium from March 6 to March 9, 2019.In 1993, the first Horrible Histories books were published and now there’s a chance to catch Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians in two hilarious shows featuring eyepopping 3D special effects!In Terrible Tudors, take a trip through the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth and hear the legend (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors.Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope.Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed.Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience!Awful Egyptians invites you to meet the fascinating Pharaohs, gasp at the power of the pyramids and discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of … [Read more...] about Horrible Histories at Grimsby
Clare says: I’m from Yorkshire, and my husband is from Scotland. It’s easy to get children’s books that are set in Scotland or about Scottish characters, but what children’s books are there set in Yorkshire? I have tried to get hold of the old James Herriot children’s stories, but they’re difficult to find. Anna says: I put a call out on Twitter for ideas for you, realising that giving children Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre to read might not be the best idea. I read the Brontës at a young age, understood less than half of what was going on, and was left with nightmares about burning beds and a belief that ideal love is when he digs up your coffin to embrace your 20-year- old corpse, neither of which I’ve ever been able to entirely shake. Luckily, the good people of twitter came to the rescue to save your children from the same fate, and there are some fantastic recommendations here. Some wonderful old classic books are set in Yorkshire. … [Read more...] about Book review: Reyt As Rain Reads… books to make it better
PUBLISHED: 12:21 10 March 2018 Karen Bethell Sheringham Primary pals Isla and Peggy in their Cat in the Hat costumes. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Archant Gruffalos galore, a collection of cats in hats and a whole row of Rotten Romans were among the characters taking part in a World Book Day (WBD) celebration held at Sheringham Primary School. Sheringham Primary Year 2 pupils Sophia and Jessica in character for a World Book Day celebration. Photo: KAREN BETHELL The event, which was due to take place on March 1st, but had to be rescheduled because of snow, was organised by teachers Alex Snadden and Suzanne Clitheroe. Each class did activities based on a well-known book for six weeks, before taking part in WBD events ranging from art workshops and storytelling sessions, to a reading and writing challenge. Sheringham Primary pupils in Cat in the Hat costumes for a World Book Day celebration. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Youngsters and staff donned storybook costumes, with a number of classes … [Read more...] about Youngsters get into character for belated World Book Day celebration
It’s ‘Horrible’ and it’s ‘Barmy’ and it’s coming to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday February 25 and Monday 26. Horrible Histories return with More Best of Barmy Britain - a hilarious gag-filled show that gallops through several thousand years of British history with just two actors playing all the roles! Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Go wild with wordy Will Shakespeare! Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War! These are just some of the fascinating characters audiences will discover in this splendiferously funny show. It’s history with all the nasty bits left in! More Best of Barmy Britain is written by Terry Deary and Neal Foster from Deary’s bestselling Horrible Histories books. Terry Deary is the world’s … [Read more...] about Watch out Horrible Histories will be rampaging into Theatre Royal Winchester this weekend!