In this digital age, when we are surrounded by entertainment and information coming at us from screen all around us, the power of storytelling is still potent.
We can read books, watch television and films and communicate via tablets, laptops, televisions: all manner of electronic devices; but there is still a special place for being told a story.
Many of the folk tales and local lore has come down to us via the art of the travelling bard and in previous centuries this was the only way to pass on stories and news.
Over the past 24 years The Society For Storytelling has achieved much in its mission for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.
The Society for Storytelling’s 16th annual National Storytelling Week will end this Saturday February 6th 2016.
National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes (where this event has been steadily growing each year!) Where the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breath of the teller and the ear of the listener.
One of the great features about storytelling in the UK is the variety of clubs. They vary from story rounds where anyone can come to tell a short story (or some come just to listen), to clubs where you listen one storyteller for the whole evening as they tell an epic tale. The hardest part is often finding your nearest club and finding out what is on. If you are interested in finding a club go to their website www.sfs.org.uk.
One great supporter of the storyteller’s art is 80-year old author Lotte Moore who calls for more reading in and out of schools – and freely offers her time to inspire more children to believe, imagine and enjoy stories.
Now approaching her 80th birthday Lotte Moore, who lives in West London with husband Chris, continues to offer her time for free, reading her stories in primary schools in the Capital and the surrounding counties.
“I’ve read in many, many schools over the years and I’m often asked to return to read again the next year. The children remember me and run over, happy to see me and eager to hear my latest stories. It is so important for children to be inspired to read and write in a fun and engaging way.”
Reading aloud to children is an excellent way to inspire children to read but also telling your own stories can teach them about the past and introduce them to fascinating facts about their families and history.
Remember everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best and as it is only the beginning the stories you will tell began…Once upon as time…
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