This process of story-making and story-telling is for everyone… we all have the seedcorn of stories inside us… it is simply a question of planting it and encouraging it to grow.

Michael Morpurgo (author of War Horse)

I offer storytelling workshops for schools, professionals and people of all ages, which aim to promote creative participation and confidence through storytelling. I will always try to tailor any workshop to your needs.

 ‘Beyond the Book’ Story Skills for Parents and Carers

Storytelling with your child is a wonderful way of creating warmth, intimacy and special memories. It’s also great for sparking children’s imaginations and developing literacy. I developed this course for people, like me, who want to be the best storyteller they can for their child. ‘Beyond the book’ will equip you with lots of storytelling ideas and help you develop the confidence to let your imagination fly so you can go beyond the book and tell and create stories especially for your child. During the course we practice a range of simple techniques, tell stories, listen to stories, share ideas, discuss what types of stories work for different age groups and temperaments and hopefully have a great deal of fun and cake. The course is directed at parents and carers, including grandparents, although children are welcome to come along with you. Please contact me to make a booking.

Storytelling and story-making for children and teens

In these workshops, I offer activities to encourage spontaneous storytelling, chances to work with traditional stories, and a range of story related games, activities and songs. Workshops can be tailored for schools as part of the curriculum, enhancing children’s participation in literacy, history, drama and other subjects. Here’s a picture from a recent participant, inspired by the spontaneous story made up on the theme of Twisted Fairy Tales:

Red Riding Hood on her way to the Ice Mountain in Heaven.

Red Riding Hood on her way to the Ice Mountain in Heaven.

Reawakening the Imagination – storytelling and story making for grown ups

As children many of us made up stories and adventures all the time, but as we get older sometimes our imaginations become dormant and we may lose trust in our imaginative capacities – so much so that we become fearful of trying. But that imagination muscle still works! Once we discover how easy it is to unleash, the way is paved for making up stories for yourselves, with your kids, or with your friends. Workshops can also be tailored to include oral storytelling skills including working with the voice, gesture, and learning to tell traditional tales.

“Creating stories together” Inter-generational Storytelling and Story-making workshops for children, parents and elders

My experience as a storyteller working with elders, adults and children has taught me that the power to imagine is a faculty we all possess regardless of age, and one that transcends age creating wonderful bonds between us. I have developed workshops that engage both children and the adults to discover the joys of creating stories together. An example is the recent Grand-Along workshop delivered as part of the Porirua Library summer festival.

Storytelling for Dynamic Children’s Storytimes

Tailored for children’s librarians, early childhood educators and teachers, the aim of this workshop is to help participants learn the skills and develop the confidence needed to go ‘off book’ during storytime, and to weave in oral tellings of traditional stories and those from their own imaginations.

Storytelling and story-making workshops for Elders

In working with elders, including those living in rest homes and high care facilities, I use a variety of gentle activities for coaxing the imagination to open up and for developing creativity. For instance, Timeslips is an improvisational group story-making method that encourages creative engagement for elders who experience memory loss. Timeslips replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. Benefits to participants include a sense of agency as opposed to helplessness, renewed self esteem, and social bonding.