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A Wayne in a Manger by Gervase Phinn

A Wayne in a Manger

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12 stories of infant Nativity plays and Christmas message this now famous School Inspector witnessed over his years of visiting schools in the Yorkshire Dales. In fact most appear in his three delightful volumes of memoirs but are brought together here in a charming little illustrated gift book for all who wish to remember the days and laugh. There are tales of stage fright, misinterpretation, interruptions and innocent wonder. It wonât take you more than half an hour to read but the imagery he conjures up will stay with you all season.

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A Wayne in a Manger by Gervase Phinn

A Wayne in a Manger includes some wonderfully funny and touching nativity play anecdotes, including children forgetting their lines, ad-libbing, falling off the stage, picking their noses and showing their knickers.

One hilarious anecdote tells of an innkeeper who generously says there's plenty of room for Mary and Joseph, while another child, jealous of Joseph's starring role, allows Mary to come in but not Joseph, who can 'push off'...There's the baby Jesus who suddenly pipes up with 'My name is Tammy, are you my Mommy?' and funniest of all, the Mary who tells Joseph, 'I'm having a baby- oh and it's not yours'.

About the Author

Gervase Phinn

Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years until, in 1984, he became General Adviser for Language Development in Rotherham. Four years later he was appointed Senior General Inspector for English and Drama with North Yorkshire County Council and was subsequently made Principal Adviser for the county. He is now a freelance lecturer and adviser, and Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside.

He has lectured widely in this country and has published many articles on the use of English in education. He has published collections of his own plays and stories and has contributed to several anthologies; his own anthology of poems, Classroom Creatures, has also been published.

Gervase Phinn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is widely sought after as a speaker and recently was an immediate star on Esther Rantzen's television show, Esther, appearing a second time due to public demand. He is married with four children and lives in a village just outside Doncaster.

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27th October 2005


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