©2019 by The Story Makers Company. The Story Makers Company is part of Leeds Beckett University.

Working with children to make stories that matter

The Story Makers Press is a publisher focused on encouraging children’s voices and creativity. We aim to publish underrepresented narratives and issues and make sure that every child can see themselves in the books they read.

Our goal is to help children become engaged and compassionate readers prepared to interact imaginatively with the world around them.

We use drama and storytelling with children in order to get them to explore different narratives with us, which we then aim to transform into engaging fiction books.

Our books

These are some of the wonderful stories that we have created with our story makers.

The Nightmare Catcher

The Storymakers

Jay Khan just wants to be left ALONE.

His best friend’s clueless, dad’s always working and mum is... well, not doing great. His life is a bit of a mess, but that doesn’t matter because after school he becomes the mighty Drift, a powerful warrior tasked with a quest to save the Warden Tree.

In the darkness of his room, Jay skilfully moves Drift through the perilous land of Lyf, cutting through all the nightmare creatures that now haunt it. But what about the nightmares that lurk in the sleepy corners of his mind?

Will he be able to defeat them?

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The Nightmare Catcher - An Explorer's Guide

Lisa Stephenson and The Storymakers

A companion piece to The Nightmare Catcher.

This explorer’s guide identifies key parts of the story to explore safely through drama and creative writing activities, providing a step by step explanation of how to do this.

The development of emotional literacy skills, imaginative freedom and a sense of community are facilitated clearly throughout. Through shared story making and philosophical enquiry, the guide aims to support children’s development in managing their own emotional wellbeing and create an exciting space for imaginative exploration!


Some words from our young story makers about their experience:

‘I have learned that you can do anything.’

 ‘It’s changed how I felt because now I know I can make good ideas if I believe in myself.’

 ‘You’ve learned me how to be anything.

 ‘It makes me feel happy and excited because I don’t really get to be in books what are going to be published.’

‘It makes me feel like I want to write my own story.’

‘You can do anything with inspiration’


Do anything. Be anything.