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20th Oct, 2021

Former Droitwich teacher and folk dance expert releases book about her life, career and travels

Tristan Harris 29th Sep, 2021 Updated: 1st Oct, 2021

A DROITWICH author has released her latest book, detailing her life as a teacher in Birmingham and a dance teacher all over Europe.

Sybil Chapman was born in Sunderland in 1933 and then moved to Cheshire before training as a teacher in Birmingham in 1951 and teaching PE at several of the Second City’s schools.

She started out at Cotteridge Girls School, before moving to Dame Elizabeth Cadbury, then Moseley Modern.

She ended her career at Yardley Grammar School were she was head of PE and head of middle school.

Throughout the years she was also a member of SIFD (Society for International Folkdance) and travelled to Hungary several times a year to attend workshops before going to different branches to further spread interest in Hungary and its traditions.

In 1973 she opened the SIFD’s West Midlands branch.

During her expeditions, Sybil collected items, such as plates and cups, which she placed on her kitchen wall, acquiring quite a collection over the years.

She said: “Because my kitchen wall is a frequent reminder of all the places I’ve visited and people I have met on my travels I thought it would be the perfect title for the book.”

My Kitchen Wall, priced at £10.95, can be ordered from WH Smith, Waterstones, Amazon and the publisher AH Stockwell Ltd.

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