Welcome To My Site

Welcome to my website.

I am a professionally trained, Oral & Performance Storyteller, Workshop Facilitator and  Festival Curator, with International Experience in;  Morocco, Holland, Canada and Northern Ireland.

I tell Oral Stories at numerous Festivals around the country, festivals as diverse as the Cambridge Folk Festival to  ‘Kenya in The Park’ , (“The largest African festival in Europe”).  I  regularly work with stories in Schools and various other locations with children and young people such as; for four years, I have been a weekly ‘in-house’ storyteller at an Alternative Education Community. Also during this time, in the past three years, I have been the regular storyteller for childrens Summer and half term holidays, Bush Camp’s in Surrey.in Essex. For five years, I have told stories several times through the year, for Chelmsford Mencap, students.

I have told Oral Stories in a very wide variety of locations, nationally and internationally, to children, families and for adult audiences. To name a few they include; being a very privalaged guest, in 1997, at a community gathering of first nation Metis people, in Winniepeg, Canada; to being invited to the first Moroccan International Storytelling Festival, in Marrakesh in 2022.  Nationally I have told stories in such diverse places as; Woodlands; at a Children’s Hospice; on an ex-Pirate Radio Ship; around Camp Fires; on a Canal Boat Theatre; from a Beech Hut; in an Outdoor Amphitheatre; in an HMP Prison children’s waiting area;  at many Storytelling Clubs. I have also developed, Walkabout Street Storytelling and Walkabout Festival Storytelling for several festivals. During my time in Morocco, I  co-facilitated several storytelling workshops with Moroccan learners of English.  I have been commissioned to record an audio story for a bereavement service, as well as recording an audio Ghost Story for a  local radio station. Recently I was commissioned to write a ‘modern’ folk tale, for an Environmental project with a junior school. A few years back, I was asked by The Society of Storytelling, to contribute to a schools storytelling package. I contributed an audio story, as well as  some written advice, on how to enhance the telling of oral stories for children. (This fantastic comprehensive package for schools, is still availabale from the Society of Storytelling).

Workshops; I have run Storytelling Workshops for a variety of diverse groups, for adults, for children and young people, for example,  in Morocco for adult English learners, in many School’s to enhance English story making skills; With adolescent’s in a ‘secure mental health hospital unit’. I have also worked collaboratively several times,  putting together and running several therapuetic, story based projects for schools, for children with ’emotional behavioural difficulties’. As I am also a qualified Counselling Therapist.  I have held storytelling sessions with groups of children many times in Woodland Bushcamps. I have also run a workshop on the usefulness of traditional oral stories to get a message across, for an Environmental group.

Curating Storytellers; I have successfully put together several storytelling events, both Nationally and Internationally, bringing together a diverse troupe of storytellers, for both live and online events.

Please have a look over my website, where you will get a better idea of my extensive experience and my passion for Oral Storytelling.

 

If you wish to discuss anything, please contact me, via email at….shane@storytellershane.co.uk or  Text or ring 07709 904 053.  Thank you.

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