Grant’s favourite quotes

“Pressure breeds diamonds” (Unknown)

“”Love is friendship set on fire”” (Anon. Probably the same person who signs  Valentine wishes)

“People are oceans , you cannot know them by their surface” (Anon)

“It seems to me that you are convinced reality exists, based on very slim evidence” (Grant )

“If it feels like you are in hell….
At least walk like you own the place…” (Anon)

“The art of true conversation consists of sparring minds, it inspires n challenges, creates ideas.
Leaves you wanting more…..” (Anon)

“Reality is only of interest if you make your own” (Grant)

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again” (Anon)

“Whatever you want to do, do it now – there are only a certain amount of tomorrows” (Anon)

“I have no need for religion, I have a conscience” (Anon)

“You will never get support from someone who fears any of the results from what you may achieve” (Anon . circa 1872)

“I believe in G.O.D.. – good orderly direction” (Anon )

“The biggest mistake you can make is listening to people who’ve given up on their dreams telling you to give up on yours” (Umair Hague)

“Men and fish – they both get into trouble when they open their mouth” (Anon)

“If you try to be all things to all people, you will never be anything to anyone” (Anon)

“I’m really very sociable, but I like to keep it to myself” (E. Kirkham)

“Life’s one long interview living in the view of all” (Grant)

“Great achievement isn’t on any particular roadmap” (anon)

“Use a safety net when walking the tight rope of love’s high wire (anon)

“I ain’t nobody’s bargain” (ref. unknown)

Connections are many. Love is one. (Anon)

“There’s a feeling within that whispers and sometimes shouts. This feeling gets easier to detect by culturing a connection with yourself and with everything. It’s too simple to call this a gut feeling and insufficient to say it is intuition or instinct. But ignore this feeling and you put at risk your full wellness and limit what you can achieve.” (Lang Leav feels her words more than she can possibly say but she has a very fine way of pushing past the limits of written language and opening up space in the free mind)

The idea is to die young, as late as possible. (Anon)

When he was asked to explain his theory of relativity in simple terms, Einstein replied, “Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” (Einstein)

“I dislike the phrase ‘Internet friends,’ because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through Skype or Chats. The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but its significance. Good friendships, online or off, urge us toward empathy; they give us comfort and also pull us out of the prisons of ourselves.” (Anon)

“In order to be irreplaceable,one must be different.” (Anon)

“If we each have an apple and we exchange, we still have 1 apple each. If we each have an idea and we exchange, we now have 2 ideas each. ” (Unknown)

“We do not care whether the cat is black or white, so long as it can catch mice” (Nelson Mandela at his thoughtful and understanding best)

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal” – Albert Pine

“Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.” (Unknown)

“Some people are just like clouds, when they disappear, it’s a brighter day”. (Anon)

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” (Charlie Brown)

“life is a large book for those who only read one page” (Anon)

“Life is not a dress rehearsal. Attempt to do the best you can; you only get today, one day at a time.” (Unknown)

“Do you love me
Or do you not?
You told me once
But I forgot” (Anon.)

“In life, burn like a torch, if only for an instance.” (Bhasa. In the play Marabharata. 2nd- or 3rd-century)

“This generation may not be judged by the actions of those who don’t care enough for the well being of all, but by the lack of action from those who care in silence.” (Anon)

“If you got brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose” (Anon)

“To the world you maybe one person, but to one person you maybe the world ” (Unknown)

“Words can Hurt OR HEAL..what did yours do today?” (Anon)

“To take away our expression is to impoverish our existence” (Anon)

“Water never waits. Water can carve its way through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path. ” (Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha)

“..if we allow ourselves to be enchanted by the beauty in ordinary things…then all things prove to be extraordinary!”” (Anon)

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves ” (Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island )

“Sometimes, you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.” (Ray Bradbury)

“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind but the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.”
(Chanakya Neeti)

“If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much space” (Anon)

“Every seed has it’s own time to bloom and fruit. Some seed needs many years to get rid of the shell” – (Narci)

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” – (Marsha Norman)

“We all smile in the same language.” – (Carole Boyle)

“Don’t be anyone but yourself. ” – luckyspecimen (Unknown)

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Chinese Proverb

“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.” — Chinese Proverb

“You are never a loser until you quit trying.” — Mike Ditka

“The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance.” — Owen Feltham

“What would you do today if you knew you couldn’t fail?” — Anonymous

“The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.” — Seneca

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” — George Burns

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Ask yourself this question:
“Will this matter a year from now?”” — Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuf

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” — Benjamin Franklin

Live Storytelling from The HoBB TV

Our character BookFace - who started out as Facebook when we presented him to the then new Birmingham Library's Centre for the Child.

Coming soon, Grant’s storytelling LIVE from the HoBB on Zoom & Skype

Listen to  podcast ‘Bellerach’

“My shape makes me … ‘me’ ” said the tree.
“I’m ‘me’ too!” exclaimed the Gnu.
“See my tail?” asked the kangaroo.
“Well THAT makes me, ‘me‘ and certainly not ‘you'”

In this world of differences, this story gets to the heart of variation in people and celebrates each individual thread in the tapestry of life. If you’ve ever wanted to feel part of a giant assortment, this story will fit you like a glove, or maybe a hat or a shoe, making you, an ever greater …. YOU.

Space Box Baz
Can you imagine what it’s like to be a post box with dreams of handling emails or of zooming love letters around the World by rocket ship? This story takes a warm and comical look at sending communications from smoke signals to flags to homing pidgeons to texting. Every postbox has a secret dream. It might be  playing baseball for the Boston Red Sox or repairing communication satellites.
This is the story of sharing personal news and views. The story of letters, emails, postcards, presents,  texts and picturegrams. The story of building one World of understanding through the words and pictures exchanged by families and friends, globally, with a little help of the post.

Fat Man Jim
Exhibiting a passion for personal size, nobody around Jim knows the secret of why he cultures his vast stature. This story was originally designed as an animation without words – a sweet and plump tale of a Sumo wrestler in training.  In live storytelling, the tale expands to promote awareness of how having certain genetically inherited brain hormones can influence eating habits. It’s also a tale of poor quality closure, rumour and ultimate power.

Eric Pie Flinger
Eric exists for those who hope hard enough to find justice. When things happen that are not FAIR, Eric is there to turn things around and culture positive results. Eric always raises spirits, sorts out problems and does the right thing – even if his custard pie flinging methods are somewhat outlandish.

Chubby is simply out-of-condition and not into sport or the outdoor life until his mother sends him on an outward bounds course in the middle of a woodland. The aim of the title is to show how someone who is not the most physically fit and active can make a life-saving change to the environment through using his techy skills and being open to levels of communication with wildlife that are close to telepathic. The title promotes self-confidence and working with Nature
and technology hand-in-hand.

Magic Mill
An anti-pollution message around a story of industrial development, social concern, a ghost and a boy with his dog. And it all started with a birthday present of a model airplane.

Magikory Tree
A title about developing trust and being open to adventure. A lot can be said for the benefit of learning through some risk-taking but for our hero, this story is more about home cooking and the wonderland around her grandmothers country cottage. The aim of the story is to underline the importance of outcomes and to be carefully self-guided through life’s adventures.

Grandma’s Pond
Below the surface of Grandma’s pond is a whole World of aquatic wonder that pond-dipping with a net can’t help discover. The aim of the story is to encourage young pond explorers to learn respect for wildlife’s various homes.

The Gumpleploo
A story, in whimsical nonsence poem form, about groups of people, a theft of time sealed in a cake and the solving of a mystery. The aim of the title is to introduce a new Wonderland without a central ‘Alice’ in it. This land, its characters and its happenings have a surreal disjointed nature which revolves around a series of drawings (see ‘ Nine Tenets” below)

Ring in the New
Three main messages jump out of this New Year’s Day title. These are, culturing enlightenment, openmindedness and gaining an eye for the future. The hero is a Christmas tree fairy who spends most of her year wrapped up in tissue paper, in a box with a whole collection of Christmas decorations. The scene is the same old scene at the beginning of the story but takes a ride through war zones, famine, drought and poverty through the title to come out shining in the smile of a new born girl. The aim of the title is to create a classic story for New Year’s day that brings hope for the year ahead. It makes me cry when I tell this story so it might touch the heart strings of many around the planet.

Energy, whether it comes from burning the oil from rotting vegetation or squeezing atoms until they split, has become the life-blood of human development. This title explores the energy that gravity creates – a seemingly mild energy with more force produced in one day than all the energy humans have ever consumed since the beginning of time. The aim of the title is to tilt energy producers towards using power that does not pollute and is future-proof. The story starts with one trip to see a legendary water monster that turns out to really exist. The story concludes with the birth of a clean new world of energy.

BookBod & Friends
When the last moments are close for any planet civilisation, it’s time to collate information and record it for the little library in Space. BookBod’s job is to gather all the records before their creators cease to exist. But maybe there’s a chance that two children can delay the day and show BookBod that it’s not time to draw a veil over the future of mankind. The aim of the title is to underline that each new generation brings hope of a better tomorrow.

Eddy Champion
Eddy is a grub or a bug or maybe a stunted worm. Eddy has been called a lot of names by those ignorant of Eddy’s super powers but for those Eddy has helped, Eddy is the simplest, kindest, nature-saviour on Earth. The aim of the title is to show how important it is to save and care for the micro as well as the macro-world.

Luciano’s Story
A tale of two eating regimes. One leads to health, the other to vast food industry profits. There’s a warning wrapped up and not so sugar-coated in this story of eating at the amazing Luciano’s. Obesity levels rise around every new Luciano’s outlet until the flavour of health takes a lead and the days of gluttony recede. The aim of the title is to create a question over the healthy profits made from creating foods that are designed to be extra tasty and over attractive.

Hello it’s Gina
Aimed to feed the thirst for the unknown and introduce ‘Gina’ who may be a dog or possibly a rabbit, but she knows her way around the Milky Way without the help of any Hitch-hickers Guide to the Galaxy. Gina is a specialist in Universe Relocations so if you want insider knowledge on whether Mungaws on planet Tsog really can create a 500 mile an hour sneeze after swimming, ask Gina. The aim of the title is to de-mystify and maybe mystify life’s little and big happenings around the Universe – an everyday story of travel at the speed of light, breakfast on the Moon and candle unlit dinner in a black hole.

Tapman and Pluggy
The team of two combine to really discover the ups and downs of being a droplet of water in today’s pipeline, cup of tea, vegetable or cloud store. The aim of the title is to highlight how water is treated, mistreated, killed of content, traded and de-natured as part of the evolving human water cycle. Tapman and pluggy escape, unsold, from a plumber’s closing down sale, to find the World of Water has changed since they were both manufactured.  MORE>

Take one inventor (Genius) and let him sample from a growing DNA library and you get a mix-and-match story of new creation aimed to amuse and  worry the heck out of those who like animals and vegetables as Mother Nature designed them. Genius is a kind hearted biological engineer who has an overly creative mind. His creations are his family and he guards their privacy with his life – loving every 15 legged chicken, real sausage-dog and glowing blue pineapple in his home-based research Lab. The aim of the title is to make us “aware” of juggling DNA.

Hell and Angel
An unlikely friendship blossoms between a ex-rocker granny and an orphan bat as they burn up the road and split tornados in a hell-raising tour of heavy metal concerts and high tea. The writing challenge for this has yet to start but the front cover is ready. The aim is to write a new ‘odd couple’ story showing that the most unlikely of friendships can be astonishingly fun.

This un-super hero creates more problems than solutions. The aim of the tale  is to poke fun at the idea that some utopic entity can ever cure all and to promote the self-help society where people tackle their needs on a team-by-team basis.

A tale to promote hanging on to your dreams as a coach delivers passengers to an airport and dreams of becoming a plane. It’s a tender story of hope beyond all hope and as Coachy once said to a pig, “If you can fly, so can I”. MORE>

Digger Mole
The perspective of a mole looking after soil and soil life. Too often, soil is neglected, especially by monoculture crop farmers, so this story aims to show how important it is to keep the soil environment in balance. The idea came from a map I drew of the ‘underground’ used by moles, worms, rabbits when a 4yr old boy and his mum were staying here on a snail farming course. The map already features in the book “Lost in Elfland” which is about a lost property office run by rabbits.

The Alterers
Good intent is often misplaced and Alterers are specialists in misplacing everything. Everybody has experienced problems with Alterers. You first notice it when you know you put something down in a specific location and when you go to get it, it is gone. You question everyone in your known household – “Mum. Have you seen my red socks?” but for some reason, they are nowhere to be seen until they pop up in a totally unexpected place. You have a problem. You have
resident Alterers and you’ll never see them as they are almost transparent. The characters have been illustrated so this means that they have been seen at times. MORE >

Quacknick (Co-author Tracey Blunn)
Duck robot from outer Space acting like a very clumsy Earth duck. No aim to title – it’s just a fun story.

KK + Genie Mouse
A title to promote teamwork, goodies against baddies, unlikely circumstances and most of all, the power of love. This title has been storyboarded fully, and when I say fully, I mean from beginning to end. We should be able to add some words to this and make it into a graphic novel although it was designed to be a theatre pantomime. MORE >

Digital Hero
A new super hero who is digital, electro and pixel perfect. This hero hovers in the World of real life as a 3D hologram and in the digital matrix as a ‘spirit-in-the-machine’ (ref: classic film “Tron”).. Images of this hero are depicted in fragmented form and rarely if ever as a ‘whole’ entity. The Hero’s history is unknown to outsiders (humans) but like the Gaia suggestion in film Avatar, humans are eager to interview the Digital Hero to find out if the hero holds links to the constitutional parts of the Universe. The aim of the title is to stress how little we know for sure and how the wonder of everything is in-the-detail. MORE >

Then there’s the story, or 200 stories, I can only perform in a slide show at the moment:

Nine Tenets
Of all the stories that do not exist, nearly 200 of them are sealed in a set of inkline images donated to the World of Water charity by Oliver Tomlinson. I’ve looked at these images and know they hold many a tale but it won’t surface in word form. Ideally, one story or more would incorporate many of the character-rich images but somehow, each image holds its own story. There is presently no aim to these images other than putting them on paper. They are wacky, dark, humorous, light, edgy, surreal, daft, delightful and very curious. They are a new Wonderland waiting for a new Alice to string them into a flowing sequence.