The Sensory Story Project

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Become a published Sensory Story author with The Sensory Projects!

The ripples of the original Sensory Story Project are spreading ever wider and from 2020 The Sensory Projects are going to begin to publish stories by other authors. If you would like to submit a story to The Sensory Projects to be considered for publication please download the author guidelines from the bottom of this page and get creative!
Use the template (also downloadable below) to format your story to our publishing style. You may need to download open source fonts Zilla Slab and Overlock to enable you to do this. Avoid copying and pasting text from other documents into the template as this can disrupt the formatting. Consider whether you have, or can find with the suitable creative commons permissions, pictures that could be used to illustrate your book.

The Sensory Projects will only be publishing a limited number of stories from external authors. Competition will be fierce. Stories will be picked for their quality and for their relevance to our existing library of stories. 


To convey the benefits of narrative through sensory experiences.


The Sensory Story Project was the first of The Sensory Projects and led to all of the others. It was set up to create five great sensory stories that people could resource themselves.  It began as a Kickstarter Project and its success is down to the all the wonderful people and organisations appearing below. 

Thank you!

Selling the stories funds the writing of more stories. You can see for yourself just how far the support of those original Kickstarter backers has taken the project as you browse the stories currently for sale on the website.

Outcomes & Resources

The five stories that the original Kickstarter pitched for were created.

There are now over 30 Sensory Projects stories published.
You can view the sensory stories and other free to download resources here.

The book Sensory Stories for Children and Teens was published  in 2014 by Jessica Kingsley and sells globally supporting parents and practitioners to facilitate stories in a sensory way. 

A second book: Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia was published in 2018 and opens up the world of sensory story telling to people with dementia and those who care for them.

Two children's books have been published by LDA resources, each tells a sensory story but presented in the format of a traditional children's book.

Ernest and I features a young autistic boy growing up at sea and having lots of adventures with his penguin friend Ernest.

Voyage to Arghans features a young woman with Downs Syndrome who wins a competition to be the first child in space and is set a very difficult mission.

Through bespoke Sensory Story training days Joanna enables other individuals and organisations to create sensory stories of their own. Sensory tours have also been created for a range of places including Kensington Palace and the London Transport Museum. Some settings have hosted their own sensory story adventures as a result of receiving training including The Sensory Trust's King Edward mine sensory story adventure day and The Lost Gardens of Heligan's sensory telling of the journey of a honey bee. Recently Joanna has been helping Circus Starr improve their sensory accessibility as you can see in the short film below.

Circus Starr's Sensory Story

For National Multi Sensory Story Telling Day each September The Sensory Projects teams up with The Sensory Trust to facilitate the co-authoring of a sensory story by a team of individuals with complex disabilities. This truly magical experience has seen some wonderful immersive sensory stories created.


The idea for The Sensory Story project came about 11 years before the project. I was working in a school for students with severe and profound special educational needs. Sensory stories were the only way I could engage all of my students together: we absolutely loved them. But the stories we shared often had a limited range of resources and I struggled to find narratives that would appeal to adults (whether the readers or experiencers of the stories). I would often chat to friends outside of work about the need for low cost, richly resourced, wide appeal stories, after 11 years of chatting a good friend told me it was time to stop talking and start doing and so the Kickstarter launched.
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