As the shadows gather and the firelight flickers, now is the time to brighten the lengthening nights with storytelling. This traditional storytelling course is for beginners and improvers and is guaranteed to leave you with a tale or two to tell. Discovering seasonal stories for the solstice, Christmas, and worldwide wintery myths and folktales, we will learn and develop storytelling skills, season our repertoire and hear Somerset’s own ghost stories.
“I absolutely loved every moment of being there. It was great to get the chance to experiment with telling in a supportive environment. Highlights were the exercises, especially those relating visual images and sensory experience to a story, and the walk and storytelling in the woods.” Participant
Who’s it For?
This is for beginners and improvers who want to learn useful storytelling techniques, develop confidence, and discover their own unique storytelling voice.
Sharon Jacksties has been a professional traditional storyteller for 25 years. She delights in compiling programmes of seldom heard stories from her eclectic repertoire which is informed by tales from all over the world. She has worked abroad in France, India and Romania, but her interest in stories and their sense of place has also taken shape closer to home with the publication of Somerset Folk Tales, published by The History Press. Sharon also works across art forms in music and dance, collaborating with other artists. Her duos include ‘Music Box’, using storytelling and music with the under 5’s; ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and ‘Bard for Life’ perform for older audiences. She has an extensive community storytelling practice working with all kinds of groups including the elderly, learning disabled and refugees, and has used her experience as a professional storyteller extensively in lifelong education.