Storyteller Suzanne Thomas tells the story of “Gogmagog” from North Shropshire, filmed at Shropshire Archives by Piece of String Media.

Here’s a link to a walk from Oswestry Town Centre Bus Station to Old Oswestry Hillfort.

http://www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/route/oswestry-hill-fort/

Find out more about Storyteller Suzanne Thomas at http://www.cranesfieldbardicarts.co.uk/

Find out more about Shropshire Archives at https://www.shropshirearchives.org.uk/

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, the final four were created using maps and material from Shropshire Archives. Number 6 in the series of 10 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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