Pat Ealey is an ideas person. She has always liked telling a tale or two and even enjoyed writing essays at school!
Her first career was in medical research. The ‘midlife crisis’ resulted in a change in direction and she became a student again studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Heritage Interpretation. She went as a student of St Mary’s University on a 6 week placement to Richmond Park and never left! She set up the Holly Lodge Centre with the Park Manager. The Centre is a education charity working with disabled people and mainstream school children up to the age of 11 years. Sessions teach them about the wildlife and history of the Park. Pat developed the Centre over the years and it has gone from strength to strength. She created many of the activities that visitors take part in. They are very ‘hands on’ and adapted to each audience. She received an MBE in 2012 in recognition of her work and dedication.
After 24 years at the Centre the ‘pensionable age crisis’ has led her along the new path of writing children books as well as storytelling. She has studied and completed 5 terms on ‘The Creative Writing for Children’ course at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College.
She learnt her storytelling skills from Kate Corkery the Storyteller in Residence the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith and has attended courses at the International School of Storytelling.