Pam Wardell is a veteran drama practitioner who trained in the 1960s to be a speech and drama specialist in primary and secondary schools in Scotland and has had a continuing commitment to children’s expressive arts ever since.
Throughout a long career as a BBC Radio Producer she worked in drama with children and young people, specializing with preschool and infant drama, directing projects for the Royal Lyceum Theatre at the Children’s International Festival and working with BBC Scotland to provide TV and Radio workshops for children.
She has been working on creative arts projects and events ever since, including contributing to Balamory, providing audio and drama workshops at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, for the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow and the Borders, for the Fife Library Service at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline and as a regular feature in the children’s programme at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
She was also the first coordinator of the Reading Rich project for the Scottish Book Trust, developing creative ways of motivating ‘looked after’ children to read for pleasure.
She now runs Books Alive, which offers nurseries, primary and special schools, libraries and festivals a host of drama and performance workshops, which highlight a wealth of children’s literature and involve guest arts professionals – actors, musicians, visual artists, sound engineers – to inspire children’s imaginations and creativity.