Some exciting news, I have been asked by an organisation that works with schools, to co-facilitate a 10 week course, twice a week with two small separate groups of children under the age of 10. The object is to help the children create a collective story, using a variety of techniques, that they work on in a fun way, over the 10 weeks. With a minimal amount of guidance from us. At the end they will be presented with a typed up version of their own collaborated story…….I am so looking forward to this.
This is an exciting opportunity to see professional Story Tellers and Urban Spoken Word artists in the same evening, Free of charge. To be held on Sunday the 11th December starting at 7.30pm in the United Bretheren PH (off Moulsham Street) Chelmsford. It will be the first event of its kind. An Essex Storytelling Winter Festival of stories and spoken word. It will be an evening of two halves. The first half will be the ancient tradition of oral story telling followed by a second half of modern urban spoken word performances. The theme will be based around Winter, stories about winter and stories for winter, ancient and modern. The artists will include, Paul Jackson, Martin Reed, Gerry Donlon, Shane Ibbs, Sadie Davidson and Olmo Lazarus……This really is, a not to be missed opportunity, a unique spoken word Festival.
I was invited up to Kings Cross, London on Saturday to share story telling with a colleague at a child’s 7th birthday party at the Skip Garden, Kings Cross, London. We used an intimate Yurt with a wood burner inside. It made a warm and cosy place to tell the children and parents some stories. The children were quiet and attentive for 45 minuets of story telling. I really enjoyed myself.
Spent a fantastic evening at Grayson Perry’s book launch recently. His book ‘The Descent of Man’ speaks of what it is to be male in todays society. I find him a real inspiration, so creative, a great thinker and a genuinely nice person.
I recently performed two of my own poems at the 2016 Essex Poetry Festival at the Cramphorn Theatre in Chelmsford. It was the first time I have performed my own poetry at such a prestigious event. I was nervous and excited in equal measure. I also got to hear some great poems from a very diverse bunch of poets.
I had a great morning recently telling stories to year 4 and year 5 pupils at Bishops school. I also had some great feed back from the children. Here are some of the children’s comments, that the Head passed on to me.
“He was a really good storyteller and he had a really interesting voice with great expression”
“He was really creative and imaginative. His stories were really fun”.
“He was wonderful. He really described the characters, which impressed me”.
This is why I love telling stories, to move children in this way and fire up their imagination’s.
I have been invited to Bishops primary school in Chelmsford Essex on Monday. I will be telling some oral stories to two year 4 classes and two year 5 classes. The children are currently looking at different cultures so it gives me a great chance to tell some diverse stories from around the world. I am currently preparing and choosing the stories and I am really looking forward to telling the stories on Monday.
Had a great time at Compassfest 2 on Sunday I did two sets and told 5 stories, some were funny, some were of adventure and a very old Suffolk folk tale. The audience of children and adults were fantastic and laughed in all the ‘right’ places.
Storytelling and poetry in a wood in deepest Suffolk today with the group ‘Poetree Walks’. Inbetween heavy showers along with other poets and stoytellers I had an opportunity to recite a self penned poem about Epping forest as well as telling a comical tale about Norwegian woodmen!
Find out more about my traditional storytelling for children’s parties.