As well as reviewing and writing about books (and writing my own!) I also run storytelling and creative writing sessions for children and adults.
A few years back, I trained with actor, director and storyteller Polly Tisdale at the Oxford Playhouse. I attended two of her courses on the art and practice of storytelling and performed in two events: the first was a much more informal affair in front of family and friends but the second was in a magical tent at the switch-on of Oxford’s Christmas lights. The theme was Arabian Nights and it was tremendous fun engaging children and their parents in my chosen story.
Since then, I have used my storytelling skills mainly in school, with traditional tales from all over the world, including China, Ghana, Russia, Scotland and Hawaii! I love the way storytelling involves the audience – they often lose themselves in the excitement of the moment! Children, in particular, have enormous fun getting involved in the stories’ actions and words.
If you would like to talk to me about performing at your event, please feel free to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all have enormous potential for creativity if we can just relax and see where the mood takes us! I have designed activities, mainly for children, to develop their sensory skills and imagination and I have used them in creative writing classes and workshops, including a week-long writing school that I ran last summer with children aged 6-14.
All of these work equally well with adults, though! The approach is the same – you use a stimulus, such as a smell, a taste, a sound or an image, and let your subconscious take over!
If you would like to talk to me about running creative writing classes (or even lessons on harnessing your imagination), please do get in touch via email@example.com.