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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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Arabian Nights

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During the Easter school holidays, I’ll be telling stories from One Thousand and One Nights at the Art House Crouch End.  I’m really looking forward to sharing stories from the Arabian Nights with children and families. The stories have been collected and re-told over many centuries by various people from India, Persia and Arabia long […]

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The art of storytelling

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Last week I visited St Aidan’s Primary school for their World Book Day celebrations.  The theme for the day was ‘ the art of storytelling’. It was a really lovely chance to demonstrate to children what skills are needed for oral storytelling.  Even more importantly, it was so much fun to get them using their […]