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 […]

Anansi

Sharing Caribbean folktales

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This weekend I’ll not only be telling a couple of my favourite Caribbean folktales, but children will be able to record their own version of it with me.  This will happen at the Southbank Centre as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February.  It’s such a great idea and […]

KS1 & KS2

Storytelling and literacy

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Storytelling in schools Most of my storytelling time is spent in schools. Teachers invite me to come along and join in celebrations for Book Week,  National Storytelling Week, World Book Day, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, International Week and many more.   Supporting literacy My aims are usually to inspire children with the pleasure […]

Storytelling

Winter stories at Southbank

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Wendy Shearer Winter storytelling - Southbank Centre Winter Festival

The gift of giving It’s been a wonderful lead up to Christmas 2015 telling magical winter stories at Southbank. I was really pleased to be part of their charitable season of giving where Natwest were fundraising for the Evelina Children’s Charity in their Natwest Family Fun Zone. Every day in the run up to Christmas, […]

Early Years

Storytelling at Tower Bridge

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Professional Storyteller Wendy Shearer storytelling on theTower Bridge glass floor Walkway

Bringing stories to life The team at Tower Bridge asked me to bring the history of Tower Bridge to life for children over the summer.  It was an exciting task – to develop a story about Tower Bridge and perform storytelling for early years. It was called ‘Tots  at Tower Bridge’.  To add to the […]

Anansi

Night of Festivals

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Wendy Shearer Inside the storytelling Yurt for the Night of Festivals

Storytelling in Barking Last weekend Abbey Green and Barking Town Centre was transformed for the Night of Festivals.  There was a vibrant carnival parade, Samba and Latin American Music, and performers including myself throughout the day. Art Reach had organised the event to celebrate values of freedom through artistic innovation as part of the 50th […]

Anansi

Passing down folktales

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Telling stories in Crouch End We’ve been having a few warm, balmy nights  lately.  Coupled with the sun setting way into the evening hours, we had the perfect recipe for storytelling for grown-ups outdoors. Adventure & fitness community FlyCrew invited me to be part of their summer launch by telling a few Caribbean folktales.  We set up outside […]