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Oswestory

A downloadable story-walking tour of Oswestry. With links to live performances by Storyteller Clive Hopwood and Musician David Bannister.

Shut Stories

Stories for Shrewsbury’s shuts (the alleyways that riddle the town centre) created by local groups working with Storyteller, Amy Douglas.

let’s create at home – Milburga

A family creativity challenge to make a ‘stained-glass’ window depicting a story of St. Milburga of Much Wenlock.

Milburga and the Geese

An audio story with pictures from Much Wenlock told for early years children. With colour-in pictures, activities and information for visiting the site.

Week Twelve: Taking The Stage

Taking the Stage; using the stage to help your audience visualize the story, and a recap of the basic skills of storytelling.

Week Eleven: Gestures

Gestures; experiment with movement to help convey the story.

Week Ten: Engaging The Audience

Engaging the Audience; how to involve your audience and let it help you shape the tale.

Week Nine: Timing

Timing; the role of timing in storytelling, with group exercises to experiment with its impact.

Week Eight: Composition

Composition; the function of description, narrative and speech in composing a story, introducing ‘firework’ moments and a pictorial way to show the developing patterns.

Week Seven: Structure

Structure; stories have different ‘shapes’ (circular, there-and-back, nested, envelope, linear), group exercises to help identify these and use the shape so you tell the tale your own way.

Ellesmere Poems by Fred D’Aguiar

Award winning poet Fred D’Aguiar’s poems inspired by folk stories of Ellesmere in North Shropshire.

Week Six: Characterization

Characterization; Whole and small group exercises to develop your characters and help your listeners distinguish between them.

Week Five: Repetition & Sequences

Repetition and Sequences; why these are an important part of oral storytelling, and opportunities to practice creating phrases help your audience listen and understand.

Week Four: Speech

Speech; group exercises to develop conversations between characters to add interest to your stories.

Week Three: Sensations

Sensations; sound, taste, emotion, sight, smell and touch. Group exercises to get all those descriptive phrases into your storytelling.

Week Two: Relocation

Relocation; reset a story in a familiar place, then turn victim into villian. Play games to generate scary words.

The Book Of Myddle

A poetic response to Richard Gough’s 1702 book of ‘Antiquities and Memories of the Parish of Myddle’ (the original soap opera).

Fouke le fitz waryn

The tale of Shropshire’s own real-life Robin Hood. Shown in an auca (cartoon form) of his first and last adventure and then as the full epic set of quatrains by Michael Rosen.

The Ramayana Part 15

Part 15 of the Indian, Hindu epic. The end game is played out. With background facts for Key Stage 3 pupils.

The Ramayana Part 14

Part 14 of the Indian, Hindu epic. Nala directs the building of a causeway and the battle begins. With background facts for Key Stage 3 pupils

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