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This storytelling course, led by Sharon Jacksties, is for storytellers seeking to develop their repertoire of tales that reflect on our relationship with the natural world and for workers in the ecological sector who want to explore how storytelling can enhance their practice.
By sharing their skills and experiences participants will learn from one another. Storytellers will explore different contexts for sharing their work. Those working in ecology, conservation, and the environmental sector will be immersed in the wealth of traditional narratives available to stimulate, question and celebrate their calling.
Those new to telling will have the chance to get started, whilst experienced tellers will have the opportunity to explore different stylistic approaches suitable for this kind of material.
As part of the course there will be a storytelling performance supper open to the public and to which course members may be invited to contribute.
Halsway Manor’s beautiful grounds and surroundings, designated as England’s first area of outstanding natural beauty, provide a perfect setting for this subject and some outdoor activities will take place (weather permitting) – so bring walking boots and waterproofs!
Who’s it For?
This course is aimed at both tellers and newcomers to storytelling, and those who are working in the fields of ecology, conservation, gardening, and other roles related to protecting and supporting the natural world.
Sharing skills sets and professional experience will be part of the course.
This will be an intensive few days and be assured that Sharon creates a warm and supportive environment, so you’ll be able to relax and have fun too!
“Sharon, I can’t thank you enough for delivering such an excellent course… I have felt confident enough to stand up and deliver a story and that is all due to your help and support. I would also like to thank the other group members for their help and support and for listening. I hope to meet you and the others at future storytelling events. I would be grateful if you could also pass on my thanks to the staff at Halsway for everything they’ve done. Thanks should also go to Nature for creating such beautiful surroundings around Halsway Manor.” Participant
Sharon Jacksties has been telling traditional tales of wonder and delight for over 30 years. Working here and abroad, she has been happy telling stories to all ages in venues that vary from bus shelters to the National Theatre. She shares stories from all over the world, some of which may never have been heard on these islands before. Sharon is also the author of ‘Somerset Folk Tales’ and convenes the ‘Somerset Story Circle’.
Highlights of her recent work include the History Press publication of Somerset Folk Tales for Children, teaching storytelling in Romania and being Storyteller in Residence at Bucharest University’s anti-bullying conference.
This year, Sharon is celebrating the publication of her latest book, ‘Animal Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland’, published by the History Press. Researching for the book’s material and its chapter about re-wilding has informed her commitment to this course. She is also developing her new post as ‘Storytelling Ambassador’ for FEST, the Federation of European Storytelling organisations.
More about Sharon www.sharonjackstories.co.uk