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Telling Stories

8 EpisodesProduced by Old GreyowlWebsite

Short stories, poetry, and thoughts about Education, Politics and Culture

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The Watcher and The Friend, Chapter 1

May 26th, 2021


This is the first chapter of a new novel for children by R J Barron, The Watcher and The Friend, published by Burton Mayers Books on June 11th 2021

Asking the Questions

April 22nd, 2021


A short story about one teacher's interview to be a Secondary Deputy Head, the latest in a long line of unsuccesful interviews. Of all the questions …

Episode 6 Don't Smile before Christmas, part 2

March 5th, 2021


A short story. When Ed starts his teacher training year he is excited and just a little worried. He was right to be....

Episode 5 Don't Smile Before Christmas, part 1

March 3rd, 2021


A short story. When Ed starts his teacher training year he is excited and just a little worried. He was right to be....

The Chains He Forged - a Ghost story for Christmas

December 4th, 2020


Ben Marley has climbed his way up the greasy pole  to finally become Headteacher. All the scams and tricks and double dealing of his ruthless pursuit …

Episode 2 Three Poems

November 17th, 2020


A reading of three poems with some commentary and suggestions for use in the classroom. The poems are: "Cultural Capital", with some thoughts on the …

Episode 3 September

November 10th, 2020


A new short Story by The Old Grey Owl. Anna always looked forward to September, with its promise of a new start. But new starts never last.

Episode 1 Mr Stringer's Snow Day

October 13th, 2020


This is a short story first published on my blog at It's set in a Secondary school that has to close because of snow. A snow day is …

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