Bob Hartman on “Telling the Story – Again and Again”


CLIS 2019 Annual Public Lecture

From 14:30 until 16:00

Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath,



Graham Hedges / Email: [email protected]

Popular children’s writer and master storyteller Bob Hartman  will be giving the annual public lecture for Christians in Library and Information Services on Saturday 19 October 2019 at the Manvers Street Baptist Church, Manvers Street, BathBA1 1JW,  beginning 2.30. p.m. 

Bob’s theme will be “Telling the Story – Again and Again” and he will be talking about what is involved in  re-telling a Bible story, why he does it, and how he manages to re-tell the same  story in different ways, over and over again.  This will give him the opportunity to do a bit of storytelling, talk about the structure that is key to every kind of story, and give a bit of insight into the process he uses.  The lecture should have a literary focus for librarians, and also a biblical focus for the wider Christian community.

Although the lecture has a particular significance for  librarians, attendance is not restricted to librarians and the organisers are looking forward to welcoming a wider audience.  Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance. 

Bob Hartman is the author of many books among them The Lion Storyteller Bible (Lion Hudson) and Bob Hartman’s Rhyming Bible (SPCK).  He was also commissioned to write A  World of Difference (CWR)  to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Christian Book Promotion Trust in 2017.   This told the story of many notable Christians of the past and copies were sent free of charge to every primary school in the United Kingdom.

Bob originally  trained as a minister but discovered that he had a real passion for re-telling Bible stories.  He was encouraged by a member of his congregation to try and get some of them published which he did.  At about the same time he began telling stories, along with his brother, for the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.  The writing and the storytelling grew side by side complementing each other.  Bob’s interests include reading, films,  music, cars  and exploring the countryside with his grandchildren.

Further details of the lecture can be obtained from The Secretary, Graham Hedges, 34 Thurlestone Avenue, Ilford, Essex, IG3 9DU. Telephone 020 8599 1310,   Mobile 07465  429996. E mail [email protected]