Emma Middleton is a children’s author, illustrator and presenter. After a career in performing arts, during which time she danced for the Vienna Ballet, performing in ballets, operettas and musicals, Emma returned to Australia to direct and teach at The Brighton Dance Academy.
Now Emma combines her love of story with her appreciation of the performing arts, to write, perform and engage with children; creating fun-filled and heart-warming stories and student workshops that engage and inspire.
The Bear in our Backyard - Storytelling and Puppetry Performance
Ages 4 - 8 years
Emma brings story to life in this fabulously fun and theatrical presentation. Set to a portable backdrop, and specially composed music, children engage with the huge mummy bear puppet (and her friends) through song, dance, rhythm and rhyme. Depending on the age of the children and the length of the session, Emma also discusses storytelling through illustration, enabling students to become story detectives and discover clues in the visual narrative of her stories.
The Lion in our Living Room - Storytelling and Puppetry Performance
Ages 4 - 8 years
Based on the lion character from The Lion in our Living Room, Emma engages and entertains students with a theatrical incursion of story, rhyme, rhythm and sing-along fun. Set to a portable backdrop and specially composed music, the lion puppet (and his friends) engage students as the elements of story are brought to life. Depending on the age of the children and the length of the session, Emma also discusses storytelling through illustration, enabling students to become story detectives and discover the clues in the visual narrative of her stories.
Character Building with Words and Pictures
(Adapted for grades 3 - 6)
Emma shares insights, tips and techniques to create engaging characters with words and illustration using examples from her recent books. Students will have the opportunity to bring their own character to life using the five senses in a creative writing exercise and a guided drawing session.
Patience, Persistence and Learning from Others
An inspiring power point presentation based around Emma's journey as a children’s author and illustrator. This talk inspires students to have patience, persistence and an open mind to learning; encouraging students to follow their own dreams. Emma adapts this talk for the different age groups with a drawing exercise for the younger grades and an oral language exercise for the older students.
Bringing Language to Life
In this talk Emma shares the many ways authors bring stories to life with the use of interesting language, sensory description, figurative speech, made-up words and visual narrative. We compare the same story written in a nondescript fashion as opposed to the original story that features alluring language. We analyse and name some of the language devices used in the texts. Students will have the opportunity to explore alliteration, make up their own new word and transform a plain sentence into a more exciting sentence to share with the class if they wish. This workshop is an opportunity to have fun and play with words.
It was the best performance we have seen, and you kept all the different age groups engaged.
Smarty Pants Early Learning Centre CooroySmarty Pants Early Learning Centre CooroyEmma Middleton
A Triumph! You were superb, and the children had a delightful time.
Sunshine Coast LibrarySunshine Coast LibraryEmma Middleton
Such a well organised and thoughtful workshop - the kids loved it! Was a complete joy to have you here at Riverbend.
Riverbend BooksRiverbend BooksEmma Middleton
This was Emma’s third visit to our Kindergarten to share her wonderful story telling skills with our group. Emma has a true appreciation of the magic of childhood and a very respectful and gentle manner with the children and staff. Her passion for art, music and literature is very apparent to all, and on each occasion the children were very engaged with her. The performance is perfect for this age group with just the right amount of mystery and fun. The additional music and movement experiences that Emma provided made for a very interactive and enjoyable session.
Peregian Beach Community KindergartenPeregian Beach Community KindergartenEmma Middleton