Storyteller Simon Martin tells “The Fairy Gold” a story from the Shropshire Hills, film by Piece Of String Media

Here’s a link to a walk at Bury Ditches with all the details you will need for a visit.

https://www.forestryengland.uk/bury-ditches/chieftans-walk-bury-ditches

Find out more about Storyteller Simon Martin at https://storybodger.com/

About the project…

Wise Words in Wild Places was essentially devised to answer one question…

Can on-line viewers become active listeners and experience the essence of a storytelling performance retaining their ability to build unique pictures in their heads?

We commissioned Shropshire Storytellers to record audio versions of site-specific tales at some of Shropshire’s beautiful wild places. The different tellers brought a variety of experience, techniques, styles and voices to the ear. These became soundtracks for films evoking location, Piece of String Media produced the first five using filmed footage from the sites, and the next four were created using maps and material from Shropshire Archives, and the tenth was an imaginative animation by Neda Ahmadi of a telling by International Performance Storyteller Clare Murphy.

Artist Andrew Howe was commissioned to design leaflets with QR codes accessing the on-line films to be distributed throughout the County and beyond; a gateway for anyone to experience Shropshire’s Wild Places in a powerful artistic presentation and a spur to small-scale tourism in environmentally-sensitive landscapes.

Currently there is a series of five socially-distanced storywalks; jointly led by a storyteller and an ‘expert’ on the sites’ unique environment. Attendees with sketchbooks will record their impressions of story and place.

And artist Joseph Scrobb will produce a sketchbook evaluation chronicling his response to the stories and the films. This work will be exhibited together with other project sketchbooks in Shrewsbury’s Castle Gates Library, in September 2021 allowing the public to examine the evidence of whether Wise Words in Wild Places answered that fundamental question…

Can on-line viewers become active listeners and experience the essence of a storytelling performance retaining their ability to build unique pictures in their heads?

Watch this film above and tell us what you think.

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