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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Guyanese folklore stories in Crouch End

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Wendy Shearer storytelling for Crouch End Festival - Guyanese folklore

Storytelling at the Crouch End Festival The Crouch End Arts Festival began on Friday and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to as many events as I could over the weekend. My Caribbean storytelling session took place on Saturday at Moors Bar.  I told a couple of Caribbean folk tales which I’d adapted to […]

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Caribbean storytelling in London

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Chicken Shed Theatre Last weekend I’d been invited as a special guest to perform storytelling at the Chicken Shed Theatre for their Tales Big Day Out. It’s a really fun day of storytelling workshops and interactive performances with a brilliant kids theatre group.  This is exactly what Story Boat is all about. Working with the ‘Tales […]

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Storytelling at Stamford Hill school

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As part of their Black History Month celebrations, I was asked to do storytelling at Stamford Hill school.   I entertained Year 1 and Reception with Anansi and the talking Melon and how Anansi got his stories. The children’s attention was immediately captured when I showed them my huge wooden boat.  I explained that we sere […]

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Black History Month stories

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Wooden staff for Anansi storytelling

Today I spent time with a Year 5 class at Campsbourne Junior School to run an oral storytelling workshop.  I’d prepared Black History Month stories which the children could take part in. Some of them had heard the tale of Ananse and the Unknown Assignment by Peggy Appiah from her book ‘Tales of an Ashanti Father’. As […]

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Storytelling at Campsbourne School

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To celebrate Black History Month, I was asked to do storytelling at Campsbourne school.  Their Literacy Coordinator asked me to run oral storytelling workshops with their Year 5 classes.  I decided to take them to Ghana with a trickster tale. As we were celebrating Black History Month, I shared with them the history of trickster […]

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Storytelling at Muswell Hill Primary school

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Story Boat sailed all the way to Muswell Hill Primary school just before the end of the summer term.  I had a wonderful morning, performing oral storytelling with their Year 1 and  2 classes. Whilst waiting for everyone to come into my session, I had an opportunity to talk to the Year 1 class about their […]