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 […]

Storytelling

The Theatre of Storytelling

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The range of theatre As with theatre performances of plays, there are many different aspects of storytelling. I’m exploring in this post the theatre of storytelling and how the lines of theatre and storytelling cross each other, blur and stand apart. I’ve always loved the theatre – visiting it and being a part of it. For me, […]

Myths

Telling Ancient Greek Myths at the British Museum

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I very nearly became an archaeologist.  My love for uncovering stories found me studying classical civilisation at University, alongside English Literature and Drama.  By day I was interpreting Hellenistic architecture or Ancient Greek myths and by night I was rehearsing on stage  or getting to grips with Charles Dickens. By my final year I had […]

Folktales

Storytelling moments – what can go wrong

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Storytelling moments - Wendy Shearer

Storytelling involves telling a story live to an audience.  Your performance is not memorised word by word, but you’ve worked out or practiced the direction and main plot of the story. When I can picture it in my mind, the words follow on like stepping stones and a detailed image is created for everyone listening. […]

Primary Schools

World Book Day 2016

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Wendy Shearer at Mitchell Brook Primary School

Stories stories stories I absolutely love World Book Day celebrations.  Yes it’s for the children BUT we adults get a free pass to dress up (if we wish) and obsess about our favourite stories, characters and authors. To be honest I do that quite a lot as a storyteller anyway but WBD 2016 is a […]