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A GOOD STORY TOUCHES THE SOUL & HELPS THE SPIRIT SOAR.
Judy England-McCarthy
One Teller Many Stories
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Judy England-McCarthy

As both an author and professional storyteller my creative intention is to make connections with people through writing and sharing stories. I hope to entertain, inform and transform people through my telling and written stories. In this way, the oral tradition can find new life and thrive.

Beginwithastorynow@gmail.com
(908) 357-0622
New Jersey

Storyteller/Teaching Artist/Workshop Facilitator/Author

As a Storyteller, she Adapts, Creates, and Shares Stories, Poetry, Living Characters, Children’s Books & Videos

Judy sprinkles elements of humor, wisdom, and originality in her stories. With a strong theatrical background, her stories physically come alive before your very eyes. You can find her performing at various venues throughout the tri-state area including libraries, schools, and festivals. In this way,her stories are a pleasure for both the reader & listener.

 “Tell me a story,” said my son to me. 

When he grew up, he remembered & shared it with others. 

Judy began as a workshop facilitator in the 90’s, which led to life as a professional storytelling in 2009 and becoming a published author in 2013 with her first children’s book. She is a member of several Storytelling and Writer’s Guilds .

Available for online performances & workshops worldwide.

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“Engaging & fun information. Storytelling is such a wonderful & experience for kiddos!”

Pound Ridge School Teacher 

“Judy England-McCarthy’s enthusiastic storytelling is exciting and fun. She presented her 12 Hours of Halloween book to our After Care Program students, and they loved the sing-along activity so much!”

Lisa Mahon • CST Secretary • Watchung Borough Public Schools

Or an

Author Signing

Easton Book Festival

“He loved it!  Read again again again!”

“Thank you for such a fun, creative, captivating book that I’m sure will grow with my little one.”

Jessica Kelly • Parent • PA

Halloween Events

“We hired Judy for a children’s outdoor Halloween event of fireside storytelling. Her energy was fantastic from the moment she arrived as well as all through her performance. She engaged all the children quickly to participate through the use of puppets, other props, and actions. Her books are wonderful and a nice added touch to the event. The kids can take home a nice remembrance of the day with the vividly illustrated Halloween books. Even the adults participated! It was great fun and we’re planning on having Judy back next Halloween!”

Cindy Giejda • Owner • Giejda Landscape/Deer Haven Nursery • Farmingdale, NJ 

A Witch's Bash 12 Hours of halloween

Inspired by a Christmas song, A Witch’s Bash is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. The highly imaginative illustrations & creative take on a traditional melody will become your family’s go-to book for Halloween. Enjoy the song included at the back to enhance your interactive experience of the book.

“Esteemed storyteller Judy England-McCarthy’s (not too!) spooky yet silly spin on the traditional “12 Days of Christmas” is sure to become a Halloween favorite. The catchy lyrics will have the whole family singing along as they search for the charming creatures who make up the creepy countdown in this soon to be classic!”

Linda Hansen • Director • South Plainfield Public Library

Ways To Order
Telling

Experience

Published Books & Poems

    • A video representation of an original poem was presented at “The Just Listening Event” by The Missouri Arts Council.

      A creator of many of her tales she has published several of her original stories:

      Amazing Petunia’s Adventures
      Twas Midnight
      Why, Oh Why, Did A Witch Swallow A Fly?
      A Witch’s Bash 12 Hours Of Halloween
      Launched 2022 – just in time for Halloween.

      Judy completed in 2022 making “Amazing Petunia’s Adventures” into a children’s animation series.

    •  
    • Mindful Writers Retreat Series – Anthologies
    • Poem & short story in “Love on the Edge” Short story in “Shell House”
    •  
    • The Greater Lehigh Valley’s Writers Group (GLVWG) Anthology titled “Rewriting the Past.” Poem
    • & Award-winning 2022 Anthology
      “Writes of Passage” Short fiction & Poem
  •  

Performance Venues
Live / Online

  • The Center For Art In Wood
  • Chennai – India
    (Online Festival)
  • LVSG Family Series
  • Worldwide Virtual Storytelling
    (African Folktales: Anansi & Aesop)
  • Woodbridge Library – Storytelling 101
    (Online Workshop)
  • Cherry Hill Library – New Jersey Tales
    (Online Storytelling Event)
  • 12th Storytelling & World Music Festival
  • New Jersey Storytelling Festival
  • Bergen County Zoo
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • CopsNKids
  • Zoellner Arts Center
  • Grounds for Sculpture
  • Willowsford Conservancy Dark Sky Event
  • Bobcaygeon Music Council
    Canadian Summer Program
  • Union County Performing Arts Center 
  • Red Mill Museum
  • Timberline Lake Camping Resort
  • National Canal Museum
  • Kipona Festival
  • Rahway Winter Wonderland
  • Middlesex Historic; Old Town Village
  • Newark Downtown Event
  • Das Awkscht Fescht
  • Various Tellabrations, Featured Olio teller.
  • The Ice House (Topsy Turvy Tuesdays).
  • AARP various chapters
Available

Programs

Children | Family Friendly | Adult/Senior

Will adapt most programs for the specific needs of the event.

Perhaps have a story created just for you, or for your special occasion.

In Person & Online Programs

Workshops

  • Changing How You See The World
  • Find Your Voice
  • Developing the Story from Within
  • Storytelling Principles
  • Antibullying
  • Assorted Stress Relief
  • Paradigm Shifting

Online Live Programs

  • All Hallows Eve Tales
  • Animal Antics
  • Fairy Tale Fun
  • Judy’s Jacket
  • Original Tales
  • Storytelling 101
  • Tales for Tiny Tots
  • Trickster Tales
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Wild West
  • Spooky Stories
  • Tall Tales
  • Jersey Tales
  • Irish Tales
  • Jack Tales
  • Holiday Themes

Coming Soon

  • Around the World
  • Greek Myths
  • Seasons of Stories

Pre-recorded Programs

Currently Available

  • All Hallows Eve Tales
  • Animal Antics
  • Fairy Tale Fun
  • Jersey Tales
  • Judy’s Jacket
  • Storytelling 101
  • Tales for Tiny Tots
  • A Shared Gift (Christmas Tales)
  • Spooky Stories
  • Trickster Tales
  • Wild West
  • Anansi Tales

Coming soon

  • Jack Tales
  • Original Tales
  • World Tales
Program

Previews

Family Stories
For The Young at Heart
Available Online or in Person
The Masters Apprentice
Teen/Adult
Sample Telling of Original Tale
Wild West Program
Folklore & History

History comes alive in this 45 minute presentation video which has Annie Oakley sharing bits and pieces of the Wild West and the part she played in it. This one woman show has Q&A afterwards and was made available by the Heart Grant and shown at 5 participating Union County Libraries in 2022. An in person variation of this program is now available.

Testimonials from Participating Libraries

Thank you again for presenting, “Stories of the Wild West” for Plainfield Public Library via Zoom. The program was interesting, informative, and covered all of the well-known personages from the wild west legends. The incorporation of archival images and film footage provided a helpful historical component. Overall, the script was well-written and the film was edited in a way to always keep the viewer’s interest. As a narrator, you successfully engaged and entertained the audience. A delightful program!
Sarah Hull • Head of Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections • Plainfield Public Library

Thanks for a great presentation last night. I found it very enjoyable and educational. Bette sent me this comment via email today: “The presentation on the Wild West was excellent.  It was informative, interesting and entertaining.  I liked the fact that the presenter used the first person in relating the stories of the female characters.”  
Ellen Malosh • Adult Services Librarian • New Providence Memorial Library

The program with Judy England-McCarthy’s Wild West was an engaging and entertaining program that showcased her storytelling skills making it an accessible hour long program for all educational levels and ages. The lively presentation helped people learn about the Wild West in a straightforward way letting both new Americans and people of all backgrounds learn about the familiar characters of the Wild West and others who are not as well-known but just as important. This program is a must-see for people who enjoy visually appealing, well laid out narrative for easy understanding including vocabulary words associated with the Wild West theme. Her creativity connects people through stories using poems, engaging characters like Anne Oakley, colorful costumes, and the lively dialogue to represent them. Her program engaged my students which got them to want to expand their knowledge of the Wild West and the historical landscape and characters that make it up.
Ana M. Herrera • Librarian | Information & Adult Services • Elizabeth Public Library

Thank you so much for presenting at our library. Our patrons enjoyed your presentation. Here is a write-up about your program: Judy’s film “Stories of the Wild West” was screened with a live audience at our library. It was wonderful to be able to offer our patrons such a unique and fascinating program. Judy is a wonderful storyteller and our patrons found her film both entertaining and educational. Judy also took the time to engage with the audience after the screening and answered any and all of their questions.  Thank you again for coming in person for the program. Have a good weekend! 
Erin Coffey • Reference Librarian • Clark Public Library

The seniors found the program on the story and important people from the Wild West era very interesting and informative. They enjoyed the addition of maps, photos, songs & movie clips from the period. Highly recommended!
Lisa Wernett • Reference Department Head • Berkeley Heights Public Library

Patrons responses to the Wild West Program

8/10 • “This program gives people a sense of history,
by opening your state of mind in a dynamic way to the material.” 

10/10 • “Did not know Annie’s actual history. Thank you!
The Pictures matched the presentation so well! Having Annie narrate was so good.”

10/10 • “A lot of things I didn’t know much about the Wild Wild West.
I learned a lot, this was a Great Film.“

10/10 • “Loved it! Narrator was animated and informative keeped my attention and
renewed knowledge that wes filed away in my brain.”

8/10 • “Informative & entertaining,
I learned few new facts along the way.”

8/10 • “Evolved to create a tale of gunfighters,
women in history and the rail road.”

9/10 • “Presented orally and visually. Those who have difficulty hearing could read words.
The materials were about the difficulties women face traveling & homesteading”

10/10 • “Easy to understand, very interesting and well presented.
Learned alot about the wild west.”

10/10 • “Enjoyed the photos of the people being presented,
however the program could be shorter.”

10/10 • “The presentation was very easy to follow and understand it was very educational.
I enjoyed hearing and seeing about the wild west, especially how women got involved.
Interesting finding out about how Annie Oakley got her name.”

NJ Tales
Folklore & History
Teen/Adult
Currently Available Online

“Judy blended folklore, legends, and history  to present a performance that was dynamic, entertaining, and informative! It was amazing to see her become Mrs. Leeds, the mother of the Jersey Devil, and offer a dramatic interpretation of the origin of the Jersey Devil. The performance was online through Zoom and she used that format to enhance her story telling. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time for all ages.”

Candace Worrell

MLIS | Librarian | Cherry Hill Public Library

Personal Stories
Workshop
Teen/Adult
Currently Available Online

“We appreciated Judy’s dynamic and informative virtual program! She gave our patrons a lively presentation with a wonderfully personal touch. Her ability to adapt her interactive program to fit the virtual landscape was beautifully achieved.”

Najea Grimes

Library Associate | Woodbridge Public Library

Story Voice
Workshop
Teen/Adult
Currently Available Online

“Excellent and so helpful” 

“Great Program” 

“I’m so glad that we were able to use the breakout rooms for this session they really add a nice dimension to the workshop, working with the material, and other tellers learning the craft” 

“She was definitely one of the best presenters and would enjoy taking other classes from her.” 

“I learned so much!” 

“LOVED IT. Learned so much. And Judy is a great teacher as well as a great presenter. Lots of insights that gave me a slightly different perspective–I always love that. Am going away thinking differently than when I came in.” 

Participants

Story Center | Mid-Continent Public Library

New Release

86 pages

$30

$40

A Witch's Bash 12 Hours Of Halloween

Inspired by a Christmas song, A Witch’s Bash is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. The highly imaginative illustrations & creative take on a traditional melody will become your family’s go-to book for Halloween. Enjoy the song included at the back to enhance your interactive experience of the book.

Though there are many versions of the “Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” this is the first to question why. A fun adaptation of an old tale that has been entertaining children for years. The simply stylized black & white illustrations make for a refreshing visual change.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great multipurpose holiday read for the kids
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on September 15, 2022
Verified Purchase
Great Halloween find. The kids are super excited to add it to our fall reading collection. The author takes a familiar xmas sing and reinvents it for the Halloween season. Additionally beyond the updated lyrics, the story also contains a proper story introduction and ending so the kids are left satisfied. Offers multiple avenues for exploration leading to a extendable readability. Counting, singing, seek and find, the opportunities for enrichment and entertainment are endless!
Other Halloween Books

54 pages

$20

$30

Why, oh why, did a witch swallow a fly?

Though there are many versions of the “Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” this is the first to question why. A fun adaptation of an old tale that has been entertaining children for years. The simply stylized black & white illustrations make for a refreshing visual change.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabric book !!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun for all ages

Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on November 10, 2021
Verified Purchase
We really enjoyed Judy’ England McCarthy’s book, the story is especially fun to read out loud. Great work too by illustrator, Andrew McCarthy. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to receive my copy of Twas Midnight!

42 pages

$20

$30

Twas Midnight

Twas Midnight is an original tale of rhyming verse. The photo-like pictures lend an interesting & unique quality to the story. Reading and sharing this with your children is a fun way to get into the spirit of this festive holiday.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Easy & fun read to my littles
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 2, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Twas Midnight is a feast of Halloween Color.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 18, 2021
Verified Purchase
Twas Midnight is a feast of color, bright and beautiful, wrapped around kid-pleasing poetry, just right for Halloween. The often surrealistic art should appeal to adult and child art lovers and the kid-friendly bold-printed words helpful for young readers. There is as much to “haunt” as to delight readers.

Anthologies Featuring the Author

190 pages

$13

$17

AWARD WINNING!

Won Spring 2022 BookFest Award

1st place in the Anthology category 

209 pages

$13

$18

258 pages

$9

$20

Animation Coming Soon

Amazing Petunia's Adventures

62 pages

$13

$17

As I opened one of the cardboard storage boxes I came across a different sort of puppet. It fit on your head instead of your hands. No sooner did I see it in the box, then it was upon my head and I was rushing around looking for the librarian saying, “It’s a flying pig.” Miss Linda embraced my unbridled enthusiasm. She smiled at me as I announced, “I am definitely going to make a story about this one.” Thinking all the while how I had grown up hearing the phrase ‘when pigs fly,’ a figure of speech that means a complete impossibility for something to ever happen.  Right then and there I knew I would write a story to show the world that not only can pigs fly, they can prove dreams really come true.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Petunia Pig Endures

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 24, 2021
Verified Purchase
I purchased two copies of this delightful book, one for my six-year-old granddaughter and one for me. When we speak on the phone, we have our own copy in front of us. My granddaughter reads the book and I follow along, helping her with a word or two. She comments on the pictures and Petunia’s experience, and never tires of this delightful story. The morale of the story is not to give up and to face up to difficult times. When we strive to achieve, we do, and the feeling of accomplishment is beyond the feeling of struggle.

Learn the steps to becoming an author. This engaging presentation is ideal for schools, book clubs, & libraries. Available in person & or live with zoom.
My

Projects

Just Listening Ferguson
The Just Listening Project took shape in 2014 as a community response to social justice in Ferguson, Missouri. The Missouri Humanities Council and the University of Missouri came together to do this joint project and it was screened in February 2016 at the University of Missouri Saint Louis. This video is my contribution to that project and was showcased at the event and focuses on art as a reaction to tragedy as a form of activism.
My

Testimonials

Her stories are filled with elements of humor, wisdom and magically unfold sharing with the listener life’s truths. Relive the Wild West; learn how the tortoise got his shell. Audiences both young and old will be entertained with her joyful telling.

Thank you for sharing your energy, talent & knowledge of Annie Oakley during our Tea Fundraiser. Your amazing storytelling skills brightened the room. We are so blessed & honored to have you perform. 

Donna Keeney

Co-President, Open Arms Inc, Toms River, NJ

Judy England-McCarthy’s lively, expressive and dramatic style keeps the entire audience enchanted – here is a performance not to miss!

Linda Hansen

Library Director, South Plainfield Public Library

Judy’s stories on the Old West painted an unforgettable image of the life and times of the pioneers. Her rendition of Annie Oakley was especially entertaining.

Joanne Stivale

Legislative Chairperson AARP

You are such a natural talent. I hope you will continue to bring your gifts to other schools and libraries. I would recommend you to anyone!

Donna Bode

Children's Librarian Rahway NJ

Events

Workshops

Workshops can be adapted for any age group.

Use storytelling as a fun learning tool to engage the minds and hearts of your listeners.  Learn new ways to help tell stories effectively. Everyone will be so caught up in the fun they won’t know that they are actually learning important aspects of putting together a story. This workshop has lots of practical hands-on work for the participants to do. By the end of the workshop the groundwork for building and telling a story will be firmly in place, with the tools on how to put your own spin on it.

Storytelling Principles
This workshop allows people to focus on a theme, create small touchstones to use as tools and set about through the use of story to encourage their listeners or audience to understand the theme and bring it into their lives.  Stories are broken down into the basic components and the participants are taught the skills to understand what a story is made up of and how to put one together.  Please wear comfortable clothes.  All material is supplied by instructor.
Building a Story
From the Ground Up
The participants will learn the skills necessary to present an idea using a story that engages the minds and hearts of their prospective listeners. There will be lots of practical hands-on work that will teach ways to help tell stories effectively to their intended audience.
Developing the Story
from Within
This workshop allows people to focus on a theme, create small touchstones to use as tools and set about through the use of story to draw in their listeners or audience. It teaches the skills to understand what a story is made up of and how to put one together. Using themes to bring meaning into their stories.
Find Your
Voice

Find  ways to help tell stories effectively and find your personal style. There will be lots of practical hands-on work for you to do, with the opportunity to put your own spin on it. By the end of the workshop the groundwork for building and telling a story will be firmly in place.  Use storytelling as a fun learning tool to engage the minds and hearts of your listeners.

Interaction through Themes

Using small touchstones and other tools, we will focus on a theme, learn to build a story and learn how to direct it towards a select audience.

Thinking Out of the Box

Learn to expand the role of storytelling from entertainment to educational. Collaborative discussions, Facilitator-led discussions, building on other’s ideas in a team effort with activities to learn better listening skills and recognizing cues of others.

De-stress & Relax
Learn how to relax and de-stress with some basic techniques. Good for people of all ages. Requires no fancy equipment, or preparation other than a few minutes of time and the willingness to practice. Available for businesses, schools & great for Senior Centers most workshop/presentations programs can be geared towards the needs of any organization.
Changing How You See
The World

This is a game changer for anyone who wants to gain insight into perspective and change how they see the world. It explores shifting paradigms and ways to interact more fully with each other. Through the use of stories, props and games the participants learn how to unleash their imagination and communicate their own personal story, in fun ways, with others.

Paradigm Shifting
for Better Understanding

Ability to spark and enhance critical synergy and creative energy by focusing on skills of observation, motivation and paradigm shifting with a team building emphasis. Using stories to gain insight into how we see the world. Shifting our paradigms to interact more fully with each other. The workshop helps the individual find a fun way to better communicate.

Workshops/Presentations
for the following groups
  • Woodbridge Library
  • South Plainfield Library
  • Boscov’s Department Store
  • NJ League for Nursing Convention
  • AARP Linden Chapter 
  • South Plainfield Library
  • First Unitarian Society of Plainfield
  • Mother’s Center of Central NJ
  • BPU
  • Program Leader JFK MRMC nursing
    boot camp
  • Pregnancy workshop UMDNJ
Antibullying

No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”  Aesop

This workshop is proactive rather than reactive to the issues of inappropriate behavior. Through interactive storytelling the participants look at and see where, why and when inappropriate behaviors occurs in the story. Participants get the opportunity to come up with alternatives that might make for a more positive outcome. Finally, the participants must take on a new behavior and choose ways to implement it over the following week. In the follow up workshop discussion of what transpired for participants is processed. This workshop incorporates  using story to change the paradigm in a positive way.



The students truly enjoyed their engaging experience that they encountered with Judy. She told the students meaningful stories with an education theme.

Maria Melillo

4th Grade Teacher, Carteret Board of Education

The theme of kindness truly spoke to the students. They took the assignment very seriously and were constantly talking about how they could show an act of kindness.

Sharon Christie

Reading Teacher, Carteret Board of Education

Performance

Mime

Expression without words is the universal language.

Mime at block party

"Judy England-McCarthy as a mime at a street fair in Bethlehem PA. She was very entertaining and engaging, moving through the crowd and interacting well with both adults and children."

Stephanie Stover
NE Ministries

Fund Raiser
Children’s Dyslexia Centers of NJ

"We invited Judy England-McCarthy as a mime for our summer Fund Raising BBQ event for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of NJ. The children and adults alike loved her UNSPOKEN humor and wit, as she delighted the guests around the room."

Kevin W. Engemann, Chairman of the Board
Children’s Dyslexia Centers of NJ-Scotch Plains Campus.

Trinity Episcopal Church Event

"Judy England-McCarthy a popular, engaging storyteller to children, has brightened the outreach efforts of our Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem for three consecutive years, beginning with a joint program on music for the children at the Northeast Ministry in 2014. In 2015, she did double duty as a storyteller and mime at our July Market Street Fair Storyteller's Pavilion. In 2016, she performed as a mime at the NE Ministry Block Party in June and as a Storyteller at our four part Children's Story series for the NE Ministry Summer Camp in July and August. She is a mainstay of cooperation enjoyed by Trinity and the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild."

Canon Mother Laura Howell
Obl.S.B., Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem, PA.

Street Patron

"I think the mime was very clever and on the spot creative dealing with children of all ages. In particular she was patient with an adoring but annoying fan (a ten year old boy) who kept following her around."

Sarah

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Contact

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You can Email the Author at:
beginwithastorynow@gmail.com
List title of books & number of copies you wish to purchase.
If you want the book autographed please include what you want it to say.
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