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Telling a story is a performance. Whether it’s a night time story for a child or a recital in front of a group of festival goers, the story teller takes the audience to an imagined world. For a time reality is suspended and time stands still. The story is not just a narrative read or retold word for word from a written page. No two story tellings are the same, each time the narrative is woven to suit the venue, the audience and the story teller.

I have have been telling stories and reading to adults and children for most of my life. I specialise in entwining reality and fiction to produce a singular type of story. Although I often draw on well known traditional and modern themes, each story I tell is unique.

 

Santa

 

I’m more than happy to take part in themed events. As you can see I make a fairly plausible pirate and a VERY convincing Santa (visit the North Pole website at northpole.me.uk to find out more). Just be thankful I don’t have any pictures from the pantomime dame or the pink Easter bunny events I took part in!

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary and special to make your event memorable. Then consider The Yarn Whisperer.

Also come and try our open mic storytelling session “Joe’s Yarns” at Smokey Joe’s in Cheltenham. 19:00 on the last Wednesday of every month. You can find out more at joesyarns.uk.

Yarn Whispering is proud to be based in the wonderful county of Gloucestershire. A county rich in tradition and yarns. A county rich in vistas. Come and see the beauty of the Cotswolds, the mystery of the Royal Forest of Dean. Travel the wonderful valley of Britain’s longest river, the Severn, which stretches from the splendour of the estuary through the vast Gloucester flood plain to the gem we call Tewkesbury. And the Severn Bore is to be seen to be believed. To browse future events and activities in Gloucestershire then visit www.glos.info. We use Pingler to spread the word.

What people are saying about the Yarn Whisperer:-

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Many thanks for sharing your story telling skills at Broad Town School. I spoke to the children this morning at School Council and their response was so positive. It is always so wonderful when someone has made a difference to the way the children think and engage in learning, especially when it is so positive.

Here are some of the things the children said:

  • "Charlie said 'where is the story teller'. He explained that it's not just him telling the story but we were all going to help."
  • "It was good as he got everyone involved."
  • "He asked interesting questions."
  • "It was educational and fun."
  • "It was so good as you could imagine the story.
  • "He helped us know how to add dialogue.
  • "He inspired some of us to do better with our literacy."
  • "He used colour and adjectives so we could see what to do and what good adjectives to use."
  • "He made the stories real and interesting and I could really imagine the story in the village."

Bridget Long Head Teacher
Broad Town School: www.broadtown.wilts.sch.uk
Story Telling Skills. 2 Days At Broad Town Primary School 30th September 2016

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