About MeFrom a family of Seanchai (sean-a-hees or Irish storytellers), I’ve possessed a vivid imagination and the ability to spin tales from an early age. Just ask my + read more siblings about “The Mystery of Sand Hill” or my nieces about “Peg Leg and the Milky Eyed Woman”. An author, educator and actor, I am dedicated to capturing and celebrating the story in all of us.

I am also passionate about combining learning with the arts, and founded the Tickle Trunk Players where we use drama, storytelling and rhythm to encourage students to make active and creative connections to literature. This background in theatre has earned me the title of “The Interactive Author” as all visits and workshops feature opportunities for students to bring the pages of their favourite stories to life on the stage.

I love working in schools and communities as an Artist in Residence. Some recent projects include: “The Story Fence” at Brighouse Elementary in Richmond, “Techno-poet-ology” at Star of the Sea Catholic School in White Rock and a full school residency at Brockton Preparatory School in North Vancouver. I am on the ArtStarts roster and funding for such projects can be accessed through them, including ones that involve publishing student work.
My books include “Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On” with “Thirsty for Science: Poems to Guzzle” soon to follow, an array of non-fiction books and several plays.

Random facts? I know how to walk on stilts and spin plates, I have a love of travel especially to places steeped in history and I can help you train a Rot-ten Dragon if necessary.

I am available for school visits, workshops, residencies, professional development days and community events.

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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Educational & Information Books
  • Plays & Screenplays
  • Editorial Services

Published Works"Hungry for Math" and "Thirsty for Science" feature curricular connections such as counting by tens and the life cycle of plants explored through playful poetry and illustrations. Co-written with Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Peggy Collins.

Non-fiction titles in a variety of genres include topics such as Landmarks, Biographies of Famous Children's Authors, Matthew Henson's Journey to the North Pole, Explorers and Navajo Code Talkers.

Speaking InformationI am available for keynotes, workshops, panels, class or school presentations and community events. All of these can be designed to your needs and + read more specifications. Some past presentations include workshops for the Surrey International Children's Festival, the ArtStarts Showcase, World Read Aloud Day, Canada Culture Days and at WORD Vancouver. Show Less

    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Primary School
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • College / University / Adult

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Testimonials“The children have been taking the books out like crazy. I have overheard them say that the + read more workshop was really fun and they really liked it a lot.”

“I found Lori to be so entertaining that, even though we had the Heritage Fair in the gym at the same time, I was drawn to her presentation as she was entrancing. She is excellent at managing these large groups. Her pacing and fun spirit kept even the busiest children focused on her.”

Lauralee Edgell, Principal, Eighth Avenue Elementary School and Bumblebeeland Strong Start Community Pre-School, Port Alberni, BC.
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“I was happy to help coordinate Lori’s busy schedule of six school presentations in two days. As + read more well, Lori offered an exciting workshop to teachers the day she arrived. Her passion is definitely making literacy come alive in classrooms and she certainly provided fun, specific strategies during her presentations! Lori is a natural teacher in front of large groups. Her pacing and audience control was excellent and student response was most enthusiastic! I highly recommend her as a presenter.”

Sandi Paterson, Retired Educator, M.Ed. Show Less
“Lori was an energetic and dynamic performer and facilitator. During the workshop, she was able to + read more engage with tired teachers and had them performing too! Her school presentation was varied and moved at a good pace. The activities she presented were both entertaining and instructive. The props that emerged from the Tickle Trunk were particularly engaging and were great in involving the audience in her presentation.”

Megan Reddick, Teacher, French Immersion, Grade 2
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Awards and Recognition:2016: "Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch on" won the Rainforest of Reading, Reader's Choice award + show more in Castries, St. Lucia.

Hungry for Math has also been selected to be part of the 2017 Reading Lights initiative. Show Less

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