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Mary is an author and storyteller. She has carried out storytelling training for many organisations including the Institute of Education in London and has spoken on storytelling at conferences up and down the land. She is currently taking time to write about storytelling. She has a Storytelling Blog called Storytelling Starters.

 

Summer games

Photo courtesy of 'Visit St. Pete/Clearwater' on FlickrSummer is here. School holidays are beginning and, for fortunate children, there may be beaches in the offing or trips to the park. I think it should be a time of maximum fun with as many games and as much laughter as there can possibly be.  (more…)

Storytelling: Banishing the Nightmares

Image courtesy of San Jose Library on FlickrWith World Book Day coming up in just over a month on March 6th, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at how you go about sharing books and stories with children. Maybe you’re a story-reader. Maybe you’re a story-teller. Perhaps you feel good at it. Perhaps you feel rubbish. But for me, a key question is what you think about getting the children involved. (more…)

The Value of Storytelling

It was a terrific honour for me a few weeks back to get nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2014. This is an international award that is open to children’s writers and children’s illustrators and also to oral storytellers. Based in Sweden, it’s the biggest such award in the world and, of course, it was set up in memory of the creator of Pippi Longstocking who also wrote many other now-classic children’s tales. (more…)

Becoming A Talking Book: Celebrating World Book Day

I once had the idea of becoming a Talking Book. At the time I was having enormous difficulty with something I was trying to write. I just couldn't see how to get it finished. Being a Talking Book would be much easier, I thought. In my fantasy I’d live in a library, the librarians would look after my covers (my clothes) and visitors to the library would have the option of coming over to talk to me about my subject. (more…)

The ideal time for storytelling

As Christmas gets near, I can’t help thinking it’s the ideal time of the year for all kinds of storytelling. When I was a child, my aunty used to get out her old-fashioned record-player and play me Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. It sent a thrill through me every time, especially when it got to that spooky bit about going round carol-singing and hearing the small, dry, eggshell voice that came out through the keyhole of one of the doors and joined in with the carol-singing. (more…)

Storytelling Awards

After the event comes the feedback. This year has seen the institution of a new set of awards – the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence, or BASE for short. The 2012 awards have now been given. I’d been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award but was happy to see it won by Sheila Stewart, the Scottish Traveller singer/storyteller who comes from a dynasty of storytellers and has herself been a storyteller for 60 years. (more…)

A story for St David’s Day

Tomorrow is not only St David’s Day. It’s World Book Day too. A few years ago in a workshop on Local Legends, a Top Junior boy told me a wonderful little tale which suits both days. The workshop was in Ysgol Dewi Sant, my own old Secondary School in St David’s. Junior children from local schools were visiting to hear and tell stories. ‘Can I tell a story, Miss?’ this boy put his hand up to ask. The little tale he told and its subsequent history confirm my belief that modern children are far more inventive and orally literate than they are often given credit for. (more…)

National Storytelling Week

We’re on the verge of National Storytelling Week. Between Saturday January 28th and Saturday February 4th, events that are part of the week will be happening all over the country. Remarkably, they are for every age-group from Nursery age to elderly people. The whole idea is to inspire people in all areas of the community with the joy of listening to good stories, awakening imagination and creativity. It’ll be worth looking out for any events near you. (more…)

Writing Voices

Just out is a new book about writing in schools. Writing Voices is by Teresa Cremin and Debra Myhill, two highly experienced educationists with wide experience of writing projects of very many different kinds. The subtitle of the book – Creating Communities of Writers – says a lot about the spirit in which it is written. It deals with writing across all ages and draws on the feelings and experience of people involved at different levels and in different ways - children, teachers and professional writers. I feel especially delighted with it for three different reasons. (more…)



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