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Tales Short and Tall with Grant Hyde – Schools

Bring History Back to Life

Let Shakespeare himself oversee student’s journey back in time as they are given an insight into the evolution of the written word and how to plan their own exciting adventure novel.


  • Suitable for Stages 1 to 3.
  • An exciting writing experience bringing back to life the skills of putting pen to paper.
  • Students will use beautiful feather quills, fountain pens, ink and parchment to create their own masterpieces.
  • Workshops run for approximately 90 minutes allowing for changeover of classes.
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.


Tales Short & Tall will teach your students the art of the written word.

Students will:

  • Compile the essential components to writing their own novels including the characters, the period and the plot.
  • Listen to exciting passages from Grant’s novels as the students are asked to develop their own writing skills.
  • Discover exciting props such as shark and crocodile jaws, Neanderthal and animal skulls and how the props can be used those to spark their own ‘Tales Short & Tall’.
  • Use beautiful feather quills, fountain pens, ink and parchment to create their own masterpieces.
  • Learn how their own writing can be inspired by history, their experiences and from the tales of their elders.

Curriculum & Syllabuses

Creative writing and penmanship

Facilitator Profile

Grant Hyde is a published author of several historical fiction novels,

In 1989, age twenty, Grant was graded with the NRL’s Eastern Suburbs Roosters (Sydney Roosters).

Being a keen student of history, especially of Australia and the Pacific, Grant moved to the Kingdom of Tonga for six months where he discovered his calling. It was his interest in human history and his love of the Polynesian people that brought him to complete his first novel, set in Tonga, ‘Lords of the Pacific’ in 2008.

In 2009 Grant was awarded ‘Best New Talent’ at the annual Sassy Writers Awards for ‘Lords of the Pacific’. The stand-alone sequel, ‘Islands of Gold’ was released in January 2011 to excellent reviews, the Melbourne Age giving it ‘Pick of the Week’ in the A2 lift out.

Grant has now completed his third historical fiction, ‘Daniel’s Destiny’. Grant has set this latest tale in early Sydney Town, in the year 1806 and throughout the extensive research for this latest effort he has developed a desire to share his knowledge with all who wish to learn.

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