Primary Schools

Techniques for storytelling with children

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Crowd control I have always loved storytelling and creating stories with children.  Their unpredictability and blunt but honest reactions. I enjoy all of that and most of all, the opportunity to encourage them to let their imaginations run riot.  Whatever the age or the setting there are going to be times when you have to […]

Storytelling

My Guyanese heritage

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Furzedown Summer Festival At the weekend, I took part in a Garden Gig as part of the Furzedown Summer Festival with my fellow storytellers from South London Storytelling.  We told stories into the night, in a beautiful garden with musicians to accompany us. Our finger food was themed to all of our stories with tropical […]

Storytelling

Life and Death in storytelling

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Last night I went along to watch Hannah Need, the Storyteller of Southfields in her show ‘Life, Death and Dreams along the Way’.  As part of this year’s Wandsworth Fringe Festival, Hannah put together a wonderful storytelling evening filled with a mixture of true tales, fairy tales and folk tales. Her stories were woven together […]

Folktales

South London Storytelling

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Gingerbread and Stories I feel very fortunate to have a wonderful group of storytellers who I meet with regularly to tell stories, rehearse and perform together.  We’ve put on a few events over the last year, initially as part of the Furzedown Festival and now under our own steam as a South London Storytelling group. Our […]

Folktales

Connection with stories

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Storytelling at Torriano Story Night I was absolutely delighted to be invited by Nell Phoenix to tell stories for her monthly Story Night at Torriano. It’s a wonderful storytelling club for adults in Kentish Town, that was in fact celebrating it’s 9th year this month. This post is about how I found my connection with the […]

Anansi

Caribbean stories at the Museum of London

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Hello London, Hello Barbados This year marks the 50th Anniversary of independence for Barbados and other Caribbean islands.  I was asked to tell Caribbean stories at the Museum of London, Docklands as part of their celebrations for their wonderful festival ‘Hello London, Hello Barbados‘. The  Caribbean festival took place over the weekend of 13th and 14th August. […]

KS1 & KS2

Storytelling techniques in the classroom

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Innovate My School ideas I found out about ‘Innovate My School’ on Twitter.  They share and inspire innovative ideas in the education sector with their huge online community and events.  I’m really passionate about inspiring the next generation of readers, writers and storytellers in creative and collaborative ways. As I spend quite a bit of […]

Myths

Greek myths

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Bringing ancient Greece to life There’s a fantastic exhibition on at the British Museum until November 2016.  It’s called: The ‘Sunken Cities’ Egypt’s Lost Worlds.  The exhibition reveals myths and political stories of ancient Greece, and part of my storytelling at the British Museum included breathing life into Greek myths about the adventures of Greek […]

Myths

Storytelling at The British Museum

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Telling ancient Egyptian and Greek myths I recently had the pleasure of storytelling at The British Museum during an exciting evening of events for their members.  The evening was part of a celebration following the launch of the exhibition ‘Sunken Cities, Egypt’s Lost Worlds‘.  Two lost ancient Egyptian cities ‘Thonis-Heracleion’ and ‘Canopus’ had been submerged under […]

Storytelling

Multilingual Creativity Event

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Wendy Shearer Professional Storyteller - Multilingual Creativity event

Free Word The Free Word Centre is the only international centre for literature, literacy and free expression.  In collaboration with the Culture Institute at King’s College London they held a Multilingual Creativity Lab, looking at creative approaches to engaging with and promoting multilingual skills. Free Word invited me to speak at one of their events […]