A downloadable story-walking tour of Oswestry. With links to live performances by Storyteller Clive Hopwood and Musician David Bannister.
Stories for Shrewsbury’s shuts (the alleyways that riddle the town centre) created by local groups working with Storyteller, Amy Douglas.
A family creativity challenge to make a ‘stained-glass’ window depicting a story of St. Milburga of Much Wenlock.
An audio story with pictures from Much Wenlock told for early years children. With colour-in pictures, activities and information for visiting the site.
Taking the Stage; using the stage to help your audience visualize the story, and a recap of the basic skills of storytelling.
Gestures; experiment with movement to help convey the story.
Engaging the Audience; how to involve your audience and let it help you shape the tale.
Timing; the role of timing in storytelling, with group exercises to experiment with its impact.
Composition; the function of description, narrative and speech in composing a story, introducing ‘firework’ moments and a pictorial way to show the developing patterns.
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.
Award winning poet Fred D’Aguiar’s poems inspired by folk stories of Ellesmere in North Shropshire.
Characterization; Whole and small group exercises to develop your characters and help your listeners distinguish between them.
Repetition and Sequences; why these are an important part of oral storytelling, and opportunities to practice creating phrases help your audience listen and understand.
Speech; group exercises to develop conversations between characters to add interest to your stories.
Sensations; sound, taste, emotion, sight, smell and touch. Group exercises to get all those descriptive phrases into your storytelling.
Relocation; reset a story in a familiar place, then turn victim into villian. Play games to generate scary words.
A poetic response to Richard Gough’s 1702 book of ‘Antiquities and Memories of the Parish of Myddle’ (the original soap opera).
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.
Part 15 of the Indian, Hindu epic. The end game is played out. With background facts for Key Stage 3 pupils.
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