About Storytelling

Beth has been a regular programmed teller on the Kidz and Green Field sites at Glastonbury Festival as well as other festivals and events across the West Country.

For about 10 years, Beth has been training young writers aged 12-18 years at Kilve Court Residential Education Centre, Kilve, Nr Bridgewater.

She has had to give up regular teaching to be able to get the next three Star Dancer books finished, but will be running a few courses in spring and autumn 2007.

Contact Kilve directly for details www.kilvecourt.org.

Beth's courses are fun, lively, informal, but most importantly of all, genuinely helpful for the young writer.

Beth performs with The Midnight Storytellers, a sassy, classy storytelling cabaret (mostly for adults) based in the southwest.

Check the Midnight Story Tellers website for details.


"Why I Love Storytelling"

Live storytelling is an art that is thankfully enjoying a ‘comeback’ lately. I believe that storytelling is really important:

  • It is a way of having fun – let’s face it. everyone loves a good story!
  • It is also a way of getting good ideas – listening to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ helps everyone be wary of people who make us feel uncomfy!
  • Stories also are a fun way to learn – there is quite a bit of real science in good sci-fi, you are often being educated without knowing it! 
  • Making up a story, or telling one, are good ways of working out what you feel – perhaps when you don’t quite know what’s going on yourself!

Best of all, swapping stories is also a lovely way of making friends.
Stories come in all shapes and forms – live storytelling and ‘real’ books are my favourites, but there are e-books and audio CDs, films, plays, improvisation, then there is dance (all sorts!) song, opera, mime, pictures, stained glass windows (honestly!) – the list is as big as people’s imaginations.

Live storytelling is when someone (or may be several people) tell a story, usually without a book, to an audience of anything from 1 – 1000 people. There are no ‘lines’ to learn, the tale comes from the teller’s head, and if she or he are any good, their heart too. The teller has to be good at watching the audience, gauging their reactions, and spicing the tale up, or calming it down according to need. It is the most interactive art form I can think of!

Stories can come from before writing was invented or commonly used (the oral tradition). They can be new stories made up for the occasion, or maybe stories made up on the spot!

But they all have one thing in common – they enchant, entertain, and take the listener to a place of wonder and magic.

Remember, anyone can show you the moon, but a storyteller can take you there!