The ‘common thread’ in all my work is a deep interest in communication. Whether you are communicating with audiences, groups or individuals, on a page or on a stage, it’s about making a connection with others.
Live storytelling, especially in an intimate venue, is a wonderful thing. When the passionate energy of the teller meets the deep listening of an attentive audience something unique is created and shared by everyone there.
I love running Storytelling Skills, Improvisation and Creative Writing workshops as I get real satisfaction from helping others become confident in their own voice. I’ve had a ‘parallel’ career in the voluntary sector working with people who’ve been ‘through the mill’ one way or another, working in the ‘stories for change’ arena.
Qualifications and Background:
Initially, my love of words led me to a B.A. (Hons, 1st Class) in English Literature and an M.A. in English Poetry, and to qualifying as an Adult Education teacher. I’ve had huge fun leading dynamic creative writing workshops since 1985 (for adults and for children). After many years of writing short stories, I began to explore the world of traditional oral storytelling and found I enjoyed the interaction with live audiences very much: my inner performer had fought her way out! Since then I’ve created original stories for oral telling and reworked many traditional stories in a new way and have found that performance storytelling has taken off for me. In the last few years, I’ve discovered the new joy of working with improvising musicians to create atmosphere and magical transformations as we weave words and sound together to bind the audience in a collective spell.
Things I Love To Do…
Writing, Reading, archery, woodwork, belly-dancing, building bug–hotels; wild swimming…watching Clouds…picking blackberries … watching wildlife…… disappearing into Ireland with a tent and a pen…