I am a little world made cunningly, of elements and angelic sprite.
John Donne, Holy Sonnets n.15
As a child growing up in South London I loved nothing more than dancing, drama, painting and especially stories. I loved being immersed in tales that would transport me into magical realms. I remember listening over and over again to BBC recordings of all the Narnia stories. I read voraciously, and even cultivated a fear of the dark so my parents would leave the hall-light on which gave just enough light to have read into the wee small hours of the morning.
As an adult most of my career has been in the community sector, supporting and managing programs to help disadvantaged youth, and working on social issues such as out of home care, youth participation and with asylum seekers.
A few years ago I realised I was craving more creative engagement, but it had been so long since I had done anything ‘artistic’ that I feared my imagination had packed its bags and shipped out. Gradually I brought singing and dancing back into my life. Then, sparked by a fortuitous meeting with a storyteller in Bali, I discovered to my great surprise that there was such a thing as storytelling, and that storytelling was a real thing that you could do professionally. I began to learn, began to perform and fell in love again with stories. I have been on that journey ever since.
I retain my strong social justice values and I am always looking for interesting and meaningful ways to connect my love of storytelling with my work in the community sector.
Relevant training and qualifications
- Spontaneous storytelling , International School of Storytelling (2016)
- Storytelling in the Curriculum, International School of Storytelling (2016)
- Storytelling for the under-5s, International School of Storytelling (2015)
- The Storyteller in the Community (5 week full time course) taught by Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth from the International School of Storytelling, Paekakariki, North Island, New Zealand, February 3rd – March 10th 2013
- The Art and Craft of Storytelling (3 week full time course) taught by Ashley Ramsden (International School of storytelling) and Clare Coburn (Fabled Communication), Melbourne , June 25th – July 13th 2012
- Storytelling for Ritual and Celebration (weekend course) taught by Danyah Miller and Arthur Dyer at International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, Forest Row, UK, April 2013
- Timeslips –storytelling method, online training, 2012
- Post Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology, 2012
- Greek and Roman Mythology (Course delivered by Pennsylvania State University) Coursera, 2012
- MA English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow, 1999
Change the name and it’s about you, that story.
Horace, Satires bk 1 no 1 1.69