About Wendy Shearer – Professional London Storyteller

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Wendy Shearer Winter storytelling - Southbank Centre Winter FestivalBiography

I’m a Professional London  Storyteller who has told stories and run storytelling workshops at schools, Tower Bridge,   the British Museum the Museum of London and festivals across the UK such as Night of Festivals and  Winter Festival at Southbank

My background is in researching, writing and producing programmes for Nickelodeon USA on Nick News and BBC Education with GCSE Bitesize; before spending several years at CBBC  as a BBC Children’s interactive and live television Producer working on shows including  BAFTA award winning children’s programme SMILEDick & Dom in da Bungalow and Blue Peter.

After leaving broadcasting and children’s TV, I led multidisciplinary teams across online, mobile, apps, social media and gaming for world renowned charities ‘Media Trust‘ and ‘Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’.

Story Boat …

Sharing stories and folklore is a wonderful way to connect communities and generations. Through Story Boat I bring tales that have sailed around the world through our ancestors and breathe new life into them. I love making people shriek, smile and guffaw with laughter, gasp in horror or shed a tear.  Young and old are taken on a journey through my storytelling using timeless props, music and illustrations. Everyone is encouraged to join in aspects of the tale as they become familiar with the characters and verses.  Although I’m a Professional London Storyteller, I travel across the UK to perform storytelling and storytelling workshops. Check out some of the stories that I perform.

Grew up….

Wendy Shearer storytelling at Moors Bar - Guyanese folklore in Crouch End

Wendy Shearer telling Guyanese folk tales

in South East London, telling tales, scribbling stories and performing on stage from an early age.  My parents are from Guyana and my Grandmother frequently shared with me the cultural Guyanese folklore.  Amoung others, this included a mixture of African, Dutch, Chinese, Amerindian and Portuguese stories that had been brought to Guyana, the ‘City of Gold’.  Tales of ‘Anansi‘, ‘Ole Higue’ and ‘Baccoo’ were brought to life for me with her vivid descriptions and warnings before bedtime “be good child otherwise the jumbee gon ketch you”.

Studied…

  • Classical Civilisation & Drama at Surrey University, receiving my BA (Hons) after 3 years of  ancient Greek theatre, philosophy, literature & art; whilst majoring in theatre and television production,
  • Film & Television Studies at Westminster University (MA) which included in-depth studies of world cinema, women in film and psychoanalysis and cinema,
  • classical piano playing since the age of 7 years old.

Inspired by…

  • brilliant children’s author and storyteller Jessica Souhami who kindly lent me precious out of print books as part of my research into African folklore,
  • internationally acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and her magnificent tales from West Africa and the Caribbean,
  • world renowned poet and storyteller Jean Binta Breeze MBE, who I first met at a creative writing workshop.

 

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