Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks
Storyworks press Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

International Storytelling Network (RIC)
International Storytelling Network (RIC)


Coincidences, extraordinary encounters - such
stories, Mary writes “move deeper and deeper inside you
until they feel like they’ve always been there, part of the core of your being, the tilth of your earth after raking.”

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"Shemi was a complete delight. It was an object lesson in how to engage children as well as a feast of story for adult ears." - Marion Leeper, Bridge of Tales Storytelling Festival, Cambridge
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"What a cracking little book!!!"

My new book, Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years, published by Jessica Kingsley, is now out.


Review in Child in Our Midst Newsletter by Mary Hawes:

"This readable, practical book not only provides tools for getting the best out of storytelling and reading sessions, but encourages parents to tell the stories of their family to their children. There's even tools to help you deal with the horror of forgetting the story you're telling! Well worth having on your bookshelf (but don't leave it there - read and reread it!).

"What a cracking little book!!!!"

 

To buy your copy in UK/Europe,  simply click the first button below and follow the instructions




If you're outside Europe (bit more expensive postage), please click the second button.


 

 
Latest post in my Storyworks Blog
 
Storytelling Starters ~ Bags

Handbag, sandbag, eyebag, party bag … Bags have always been a passion of mine to the extent that, these days, creating birthday cards to send to friends, I attribute them to Old Bag Productions. I suppose my passion began long ago: taking part in Eisteddfod competitions as children, we’d be given beautiful little lace-edged bags, a coin inside, as prizes. Afterwards I’d hang mine from the mirror on the dressing table in my bedroom. Bags can be fascinating in themselves - ‘Why have you got that bag, Miss?’ - and that's one of the strongest reasons I’ve always loved them in my storytelling work, and not only when working with children. But also the fact that you’re carrying a bag naturally leads on to more. So much can go into bags, so much come out.  A beautiful cloth, an endearing soft toy, a strange sound-making instrument. Or maybe what emerges is another smaller bag with, inside it, a collection of objects for a particular story.

Click here to go to more of my Storyworks Blog
 
And now some news of myself 
 
I'm a professional storyteller and author. My most recent book, Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years is published by Jessica Kingsley, price £14.95, and is available from this website. It draws on the considerable amount of work with Early Years children that I have done in the course of my 30-plus years in storytelling. Its emphasis throughout is on the enormous importance and pleasure of storytelling with this age-group. . 

My previous book, A Long Run In Short Shorts, consists of 40 short personal tales. In the eighteen months since it was published, it has brought a wonderfully appreciative response from readers. Some of its stories I've told in storytelling performance. Others I'd not told before. They draw on a wide range of memories - strange coincidences, childhood experiences, encounters with wonderful people, wise things people have said. All are an affirmation of the value I attach to the stories we have within us. The book is self-published by Storyworks Press and, like Shemi's Tall Tales and various other books I've  published, it is available from this website.

For a full list of my publications, including my children's novels and books on storytelling with children, please click on Buy my books in the menu on the left hand side of this website. 
  


On the storytelling side of my life, I'm currently making preparations for the next  Enchanted Evening performance of songs and stories I'll be doing with my husband, Paul. This will happen at Peppers the arts venue with a splendid cafe in my native Fishguard in West Wales. Paul sings the songs, I tell the stories and David Pepper is our accomplished pianist. Our previous shows have been a great success with our audiences and we are very much looking forward to this next one. The date is 1st August. Please contact Peppers directly to book.

I am also now preparing my next solo storytelling performance which is planned to happen  sometime in the Autumn, date time and title to be announced. 

Another important part of my working life is Storytelling Starters. This is my Storyworks Blog. It is published weekly on Saturdays and a small part of the week's offering always  appears at the top of this website. The blog brings you stories for all ages, thoughts about stories in my storytelling life and a useful archive. You can easily become a regular (and free) subscriber and I'd be delighted to welcome you there, joining subscribers from as afar afield as India and Australia. See where to sign in on the blog itself. 

For further information on my storytelling 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, whether it's a performance, a workshop or a school visit, please click on What I Can Do For You.

 

And do please contact me if you'd like any further information about my work.   
 
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