Fun Day Out Activities

Tales Short and Tall

Grant Hyde

Bring History Back to Life

Tales Short and Tale will give children of all ages an insight into the evolution of the written word and how to plan their own exciting adventure novel.

Let Grant Hyde -local author- oversee the children’s journey back in time using ink, quills, and parchment. He will put the kids on the road to formulating a “mind map” and their first novel.

“For the whole incursion all the children were engaged and participating. Grant was kind and encouraging of all the children. They got a lot out of it, including looks at props and hearing some cool stories, on top of writing their own.”
Comms At Work Amaroo

Highlights

  • Listen to exciting passages from Grant’s novels as the students are asked to develop their own writing skills
  • Look at exciting props such as shark & crocodile jaws, Neanderthal, and animal skulls and how they can use those to spark their own “Tales Short & Tall”
  • Use beautiful goose feather quills, fountain pens, ink, and parchment to create their own masterpieces. Watch Grant create a writing quill out of an ordinary turkey feather
  • Learn how their own writing can be inspired by history, their experiences and from the tales of their cherished elders

What's Included?

  • An exciting writing experience bringing back to life the skills of putting pen to paper.
  • Full compliance verification and documentation

For Schools

  • Suitable for all Primary stages.
  • Workshop can be structured to align with your school timetable.


In HSIE, students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the features and characteristics of places and environments across a range of scales.
  • develop knowledge and understanding of interactions between people, places, and environments.
  • apply geographical tools for geographical inquiry.
  • develop skills to acquire, process and communicate geographical information.
  • develop knowledge and understanding about the nature of history and key changes and developments from the past.
  • develop knowledge and understanding about key historical concepts and develop the skills to undertake the process of historical inquiry.

Virtual Option

What is provided:

  • An interactive activity delivered via Zoom.
  • Your Zoom link and instructions on how to connect will be sent to you before your session starts.
  • Each Virtual Experience can be custom tailored for your group.

What you will need to provide:

  • Access to Zoom.
  • For large groups a big screen would be ideal, and a laptop or tablet for small groups.

Facilitator Profile

Grant Hyde, a published author of several historical fiction novels, runs “Tales Short & Tall” Incursions.

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 he 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.

Delivered with good humour and a story teller’s skill, Grant will bring history to life with Tales Short and Tall.

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For the whole incursion all the children were engaged and participating. Grant was kind and encouraging of all the children. They got a lot out of it, including looks at props and hearing some cool stories, on top of writing their own. 
Comms At Work Amaroo
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The children enjoyed using the quilt pens and felt tip pens. It was good how the children were split up into smaller groups to participate in the incursion
Comms at Work Bonner
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Incursion provider was really engaging with the children, so the children engaged with the whole incursion well. Our Children wrote incredibly long and colourful stories, to all educator's surprise!
Comms at Work Palmerston

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