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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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The Theatre of Storytelling

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The range of theatre As with theatre performances of plays, there are many different aspects of storytelling. I’m exploring in this post the theatre of storytelling and how the lines of theatre and storytelling cross each other, blur and stand apart. I’ve always loved the theatre – visiting it and being a part of it. For me, […]

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. […]

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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 […]

Past Storytelling Events

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, […]