Storytelling

Storytelling Workshop

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The Next Step. I’ve recently returned from a brilliant 2 day storytelling workshop, led by Michael Harvey.  I’ve had the priviledge of attending one of his intensive performance courses at the Bleddfa Centre in Wales and so I knew this was going to be excellent. Our venue was Little Holland house – now a museum […]

Storytelling

Chinese New Year

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The legend of Nian The Cultural Events team at the Science Museum, asked me to tell the story of Chinese New Year and the legend of the monster Nian.  This was part of their Chinese New Year event called ‘China Lates’.  An evening event filled with dance, presentations and storytelling to celebrate Chinese New Year. […]

Storytelling

The Importance of Storytelling for Children

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National Storytelling Week The Book People asked me to contribute to their blog article about the importance for storytelling for children. This is in honour of National Storytelling Week which was started by Storyteller and Folklorist Del Reid.  I was delighted to share some of my thoughts on how I feel it benefits children: ‘Oral Storytelling […]

Storytelling

National Storytelling Week

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Telling stories and celebrating the oral tradition National Storytelling Week runs from January 26th-February 2nd and was created by Storyteller and Folklorist Del Reid. He is a founding member of the Society for Storytelling and began National Storytelling Week 19 years ago!  It is a fantastic celebration of the Oral Tradition with storytelling events being held […]

Myths

Storytelling in Ecuador

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Wendy Shearer storytelling in Colegio Menor School, Ecuador

Mountains, volcanos & local food I’ve recently returned from storytelling in Ecuador with Dream On Productions. It was part of a 3 week tour where I spent the first 2 weeks storytelling in Schools in Bogotá, Colombia before visiting schools in Quito, Ecuador. My first impression of Ecuador, was the vast landscape.  The capital Quito, is a […]

Past Storytelling Events

Storytelling in Colombia

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First stop Bogotá For the next month I’ll be storytelling in Colombia and Ecuador as part of a Storytelling Tour with Dream On Productions.  Their team bring storytellers from around the globe together with teachers and students in schools and colleges, bringing the power of storytelling, the magic of imagination and a vast cultural exchange together. Storytelling […]

Primary Schools

Techniques for storytelling with children

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Crowd control I have always loved storytelling and creating stories with children.  Their unpredictability and blunt but honest reactions. I enjoy all of that and most of all, the opportunity to encourage them to let their imaginations run riot.  Whatever the age or the setting there are going to be times when you have to […]

Storytelling

My Guyanese heritage

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Furzedown Summer Festival At the weekend, I took part in a Garden Gig as part of the Furzedown Summer Festival with my fellow storytellers from South London Storytelling.  We told stories into the night, in a beautiful garden with musicians to accompany us. Our finger food was themed to all of our stories with tropical […]

Storytelling

Life and Death in storytelling

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Last night I went along to watch Hannah Need, the Storyteller of Southfields in her show ‘Life, Death and Dreams along the Way’.  As part of this year’s Wandsworth Fringe Festival, Hannah put together a wonderful storytelling evening filled with a mixture of true tales, fairy tales and folk tales. Her stories were woven together […]

Folktales

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 […]