Richard O’Neill was born into a large family in a small mining community in the North East of England. His family travelled with the seasons all over the country. He attended a lot of schools for short periods, but even though his formal education was sporadic to say the least, he developed a love of words and a love of books.
Best known for storytelling, Richard is also the author of a number of children’s books, and award-winning plays for adult audiences, a number of which have been broadcast on national radio. He has been awarded ‘National Literacy Hero status’.
In this interview, Richard discusses all his books and his inspiration for each of them. He explains how educators and practitioners can draw the messages out of the texts. Richard also chats about his wooden toys, sustainability and his love of sharing stories with children.