Lancashire, United Kingdom
Andy Winters is a writer and performer. He is also known as Cornelius Gold one half of a circus/magic act called The Incredible Blood Brothers, he has travelled the world performing live in front of over half a million people and he has dozens of TV credits.
However, Andy ran away from the Circus to become a teacher. After studying at Oxford, UCLAN and Bolton he became a University lecturer and then taught for years with the Pupil Referral Service, before becoming Education Representative at Lancashire Youth Offending Team.
Andy uses all his experience as a writer/performer/teacher to ensure that his audience get the full benefit of a true learning experience. He can work with any age group and any ability. No group is too challenging.
For school visits, Andy brings in his huge leather bound book of secrets which are reputed to have belonged to the Great Lafayette himself. Inside are props to inspire storytelling and creative writing. Children can also learn a few amazing confidence building tricks. Andy gives readings from his book, ‘Terrifyingly Talented’ and recounts tales of some of the most unusual acts he has ever worked with. Creativity is the main ethos behind his performances and he will ensure that all his audience will go away with new skills, be it a trick, a written work or a story to tell.
Resources and books:
Author of Terrifyingly Talented, stories of victorian circus performers
Co-creator of the hugely successful Its Your Life Knife awareness Programme. www.knifeaware.org.uk.
Edited the stART book of poetry which went on a successful tour of North West Museums.
Created the groundbreaking Restorative Justice Programme 'Writing Wrongs' which is being used by Youth Offending Teams and Schools www.writing-wrongs.org.uk
Quote from Year 9 pupil during a performance during World Book Week 2014 ...........
“It was an amazing workshop as the magic tricks were very entertaining and I loved how throughout the whole workshop we got to learn more about Andy’s book”