Some people think that a professional storyteller tells stories for a living, but that’s not quite true.
Most of us WORK WITH stories, we select, play, shape, write, facilitate, discover, deliver….
This can mean using stories to entertain (of course) but also to enable empathy, to add power to your communications, to bring lost cultures alive and so on. Often the brief can quite interesting.
Make a Village Fete stall selling stories. (We raffled people’s secrets)
Create a fairytale about Female Genital Mutilation which will speak equally to survivors, doctors and ordinary members of the public.
Plan a true storytelling session about an 18th century Monarch which will also teach 5 year olds to make up their own stories.
help teens to create and perform their own story based on abstract orchestral music they will also write with the Royal College of Music.
So I was delighted to be asked to take part in an upcoming exhibition by the Crafts Council. Here’s a bit about it:
“Moonwalk in clogs. Meet a broom with an attitude. Let a machine predict your fate… Twelve artists, makers and designers tell tales through objects, motivated by their ability to contain, convey and inspire stories. Selected by designer Onkar Kular for their narrative potential, this eclectic group of works presents varied and unexpected approaches to translating fictional, humorous, cultural, political and historical stories and references into crafted objects.”
The objects are all beautiful and fascinating, some tell an obvious story and some are more difficult to understand. The brief was that I should select ANY FOUR of the exhibits and make stories which allowed visitors and families to access them more easily.
They didn’t want anything too long, it wanted to be perhaps mischievous, definitely interactive and the stories had to be accessible to all visitors including adults and children.
I won’t give away too much but just to say I chose four of the most mysterious and baffling exhibits and I’m in the process of creating four interpretive frames for them -and I can’t wait!
Come and visit the exhibition between 22 July to 30th August at the Hospital Club Gallery. I’ll be telling stories on 30th July 4th August, 14th August and 18th August.