Folktales

Collecting stories

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Everyone is a storyteller – we tell stories everyday to each other from ‘what happened on the way to work’ to ‘family memories’.    We tell each other stories to share information, relate and inspire on may levels. Whilst researching Anancy trickster stories to re-tell to children, I also decided to collect stories from around […]

Storytelling

Storytelling at the Eden Project

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During the Jubilee bank holiday weekend we visited Cornwall and stayed in a valley lodge on St. Tinney’s farm.  It’s a beautiful location, in rural Cornwall.  Although it rained heavily at times, the air was fresh and the woods were perfect for exploring. On one of the sunny days, we headed out to the Eden […]

Writing stories

The structure of folk tales

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Today, my storytelling workshop in Gouda, has us looking at the structure of the standard folk tale.  This gets me thinking more about the sequences for Anancy spiderman stories that I plan to retell.  Peter Fruhmann explains to us how with traditional folk tales you have: Context – where the characters and setting is explained Turning […]

Storytelling

The power of stories

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Day 1 of my storytelling workshop in Gouda, finds us in the centre of the city, spending the day at the top of a huge cafe.  I am simultaneously nervous and excited.  For me, this is an adventure.  Why the nerves?  It’s been many years since I’ve been placed in the company of strangers, away […]

Storytelling Workshops

Storytelling in Gouda, The Netherlands

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This week I’m in Gouda, the Netherlands attending a 5 day workshop on ‘Storytelling for communities’.  I’m so excited at the prospect of hanging out with storytellers from around Europe whilst learning more about the craft of collecting and telling stories.  The workshop is being run by In-Dialogue in collaboration with Storybag.   Our first evening at the […]