A Story Never to be Told, is the fourth book in the Tales of Avalon Series. What happened to Azgoose, the clever old witch, who created the clouds of goo which delayed the Trajaens at the Battle of Merlport? Although the Avalonians sent out search parties, she was not found. In A Story Never to be Told secrets continue to unfold. In this book we meet the Rabbart lll, the powerful King of Barrmin, and his family. King Rabbart rules all the former kingdoms and tribes in the northern lands. King Rabbart befriends Arthur and the magical people of Avalon. He offers one of his beautiful daughters in marriage to Edward. Is Rabbart lll’s friendship with Avalon sincere? Will Edward remain loyal to Daisy, or will he marry a Princess of Barrmin to strengthen the alliance between the two countries? The answers can only be found in A Story Never to Be Told
I'm absolutely loving writing the Tales of Avalon series. It was great to receive positive reviews from professional reviewers like the US Review and Pacific Book Review. Nevertheless, it was a huge and unexpected surprise to be a 2017 Eric Hoffer Award finalist. There will be eight or possibly nine books in the series. Each book is a complete story but with one theme running throughout the series. We reach a final conclusion in book eight (or possibly nine).
Colin Taylor is a writer and storyteller. He writes fiction for children, short stories for adults and has written musicals and poetry. Having been a primary school teacher he is able to go into schools, tell stories, inspire children to write and sell his books. At present he is Chair of Brentwood Writers’ Circle and has been an active committee member for many years.
Born in Ilford when it was part of Essex, Colin lived with his parents and two older brothers on a council estate in Barkingside, where he went to local schools.
He had childhood eczema, then hayfever and finally asthma. His asthma was bad as a child, as there were no asthma pumps then. So he grew up thin and weedy, couldn’t run and was no good at sports and once he’d learnt to read, (thank goodness for teachers) was a bit of a bookworm.
After working in a bank and offices for a few years, none of which he felt really suited him, he went to teachers’ training college and become a teacher. He met his wife, Susanna, there and they have two grown up married children and one grandchild. He still has asthma, hayfever, eczema and dermatitis, but, thankfully, they are not as bad as they used to be.
He was a primary school teacher for over thirty years. Retired from teaching he concentrates on storytelling and writing stories and has published two stories. With three more ready for publication. There are lots more stories to come.
(From my flyer)
Described as a dynamic and distinctive storyteller, Colin tells tales that children love. He uses the techniques and enthusiasm gained over 30 years of teaching, including eight years as a popular supply teacher.
Colin’s workshops encourage both oral and written storytelling, helping children use their imaginations to produce their own original stories. As well as drawing on the traditional repertoire, Colin tells stories he has written especially for children.
So if you want to put some imagination into your student’s stories, call Colin.
Children love Colin's stories, whether he's telling them in person or they’re reading them.
How I became a writer and storyteller
My early ideas
When I was a teenager, I began having ideas for writing and I wrote some poetry. I remember having a discussion with my dad about what job I should do after school. He’d been unemployed for years in the great depression of the 1930’s when there were no jobs and he wanted his sons to have good steady jobs. I don’t blame him, but he did put me off writing for a while.
One school I worked in put on musical plays with the children. We all had great fun. In another school I wrote three musical plays for the children to perform: the music teacher’s husband wrote the music. We were very successful.
The first book
About this time, while we were holidaying with our young children in Northumberland, we went to a restaurant. It was decorated with armour and weapons and because we were near Scotland, there were tartans all over the walls. But what the kids really loved was a huge stuffed grizzly bear standing against a wall. To keep the kids amused while we waited for the food to come, I told them how the bear came alive at night and ate meat from the fridge. I’ll write that story some time, I said. Ten years later, at my next school, I wrote the story of ‘The Restaurant Bear’. I read it to a couple of my classes. They liked it. But I wasn’t confident enough to try to get it published.
A friend persuaded me to join Brentwood Writers’ Circle and I realised that my writing was good. I have been a prize-winner in Writers’ Circle competitions. I am a committee member and have been Chair and am again this year.
I joined Wordweavers, a group of poets, writers and storytellers. I had often read and told stories in assemblies at school, now I started to tell stories at Wordweavers. I was a storyteller and a writer. Sadly, Wordweavers is now defunct.
When my dad died, he left enough money for me to go on a storytelling course and I began to tell stories in schools. So in the end my dad did help me to do what I love doing, writing and telling stories.
I finally left full time teaching and became a supply teacher so that I could write more.
Now retired from teaching I love to tell stories and write. My wife says I could talk for England and sometimes I even catch her listening to me, but that doesn’t happen often.