Patrick Ryan is a storyteller, educator and writer. He works regularly for the Poetry Ireland’s Writers-in-Schools programme and serves on the board of IBBY Ireland and the scientific committee of the European Fairy Tale Route. He works in schools, libraries, arts centres and festivals in Ireland and Britain and across Europe and the United States. He was a research fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, resident storyteller at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba and recently led an Arts Council literature project, Good Books Good Companions, with public library staff in Ireland while working on What’s the Scéal?, the National Museum of Ireland’s first storytelling festival/symposium. He has led several innovative storytelling projects including Kick into Reading, which trained professional footballers to tell stories to children. His writing includes articles on storytelling, folklore and literacy, the award-winning anthology Shakespeare’s Storybook (Barefoot Books, 2020) and, with Donna Schatt, Story Listening & Experience in Early Childhood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).