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Storytelling Starters ~ Other worlds - Part One
Stories reappear in all kinds of different forms in all kinds of different places. A couple of weeks ago when I raised this theme before, an appreciative comment came through. It’s a recognisable theme with infinite potential. As memories are sparked, one story can end up as a chain of tales. So I wonder if the story I've got for you this week will produce some parallels. It popped into my mind while I was mentally sifting through Pembrokeshire tales ready for my session at Waterstone’s bookshop in Piccadilly next Thursday, 26 May. (Details of the event are at the top of my website. Do come along.)
A fisherman was out at sea. It was a lovely sunny day and he thought he’d take a rest. So he dropped his anchor over the side of his boat. A minute later, he was very surprised when he heard a cross voice shouting at him. When he looked over the side of his boat, he saw a little man climbing up his anchor rope. The little man looked extremely angry and he kept on shouting loudly. ‘You’ve dropped your anchor onto my house and it’s come through my sitting room ceiling.’
So that's the story. My father used to tell it to when I was a small child. To be honest, he kept on telling it to me every now and again until he died, aged 92. Sometimes he'd elaborate a tiny bit, describing how the little man shook his fist at the fisherman when he got to the top of the rope. Sometimes the fisherman may even have said, ‘I’m sorry. ’ But that’s all. The tale remained short.
So why did I love the story so much? Why do I love it still?
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And now some news of myself
I'm a professional storyteller and author. On 26th May I'll be telling stories at Waterstone's Piccadilly in London. From the Land of the Magic is my title and I'll be weaving a magic thread around the stories behind the books I've written and stories I've told as a storyteller. Some tales will be from Wales, some will come from who knows elsewhere. Some may even arise out of the moment. The session runs from 7 to 9.30 p.m.
Do come along.
Or if you're in Pembrokeshire on 15th June, please come along to Enchanted Evening.
Enchanted Evening is an evening of songs and stories that will take place at Pepper's in Fishguard. All of the songs and stories will in one way or another share the theme of magic and enchantment.
My husband Paul will be singing the songs, David Pepper will be at the piano and I will be telling the stories.
The event begins at 6.30 p.m. and tickets for the concert cost £8. If you'd also like to have supper afterwards (and the food at Pepper's is always delicious) the combined ticket price for concert and supper is £18.50.
To book your place online, go to . Or book by phone on 01348 874540.
It would be lovely to see you. Fishguard is where I grew up before my family moved to St David's and it's a very special place to me.
As to my work as a writer, I recently finished A Long Run in Short Shorts. This is a collection of my own personal tales. Some are short, some very short. Most of them are a bit quirky.But the collection reflects my strong belief that our personal tales are an essential part of the way in which as human beings we create our stories of ourselves. I've been looking for a publisher for the collection but without any luck so far. So I'm now at the stage of wondering whether to self-publish.
2014 saw the publication of Storytelling for a Greener World, contributed a book which makes an important contribution to thinking about environmental matters. Edited by Alida Gersie, the book includes a chapter from me on work I've done which shows how storytelling can contribute to environmental learning. Writing Voices by Teresa Cremin and Debra Myhill, published in 2012, includes a mini-chapter by me on storytelling in schools.
For a full list of my publications, including Shemi’s Tall Tales, my two children's novels and my two books on storytelling with children, please click on My Publications in the menu on the top left of this website. Here you will also find details of how to purchase my books directly from me.
As you can see from the top of this page, I also write and publish a weekly Blog under the title Storytelling Starters. If you wish, you can easily become a regular (and free) subscriber.
For further information on my career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award
I was given in 2013 by BASE (British Awards for Storytelling Excellence) please click on Read more about me
. And to know more about what I can offer you,
click on What I Can Do For You. An adult performance? A workshop? A school visit? Just be in touch to let me know where you are and what you want and we'll see if we can fix a booking.
And do please contact me
if you'd like any further information about what I can offer.