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A Long Run in Short Shorts is the first book published by my own imprint: Storyworks Press. It's a collection of my own personal tales. Some are short, some very short. Some I've told, some I haven't. But I hope these mini-memoirs show how our personal tales are an essential part of how we create the story of ourselves.
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Latest post in my Storyworks Blog
Storytelling Starters ~ An Inspirer
Monday evening saw a celebration of Harold Rosen, the inspiring educationist who passed away in 2008. Harold Rosen was unique. His wit was dry, his language succinct. He spoke the truth as he saw it. He did not appease. At an important debate in the Society for Storytelling in its earlier days , the question at issue was whether the Society should exclusively support the traditional tale or whether it should also represent other forms of story such as the personal tale or the written story. Speeches were impassioned – I made one myself. Then Harold stood up. Both as an eminent educationist and as a respected Patron of the SfS, what he was about to say felt extremely important. What he did say was brief. At its centre was the pungent point that the desire to establish boundaries usually arises ‘from those that wish to patrol them’.
End of story. The truth in Harold’s remark was clear as daylight. Thinking about it anew this week, the question it addresses feels extremely apt for our world right now. As Donald Trump plans physical boundaries against Mexican immigration and paper walls against Muslims, the question is going to remain critically important. In this day and age, does America really want to be patrolled? Does it want to be patrolled by Trump and his chaotic team? But Harold Rosen’s thinking forms an equally pertinent and powerful challenge to much current educational and social strategy here in the UK. The value now given to league tables and targets, the stifling emphasis on exam success, the narrowing effect of these viewpoints on what and how children are taught: all these would have been anathema to Harold Rosen.
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And now some news of myself
I'm a professional storyteller and author. I used to experience some difficulty moving from one to the other. By now, I find they enhance each other. My new book, A Long Run In Short Shorts, is a product of both ways of doing things,
A Long Run In Short Shorts consists of 40 short personal tales. Some are stories I've told to friends or on storytelling occasions. Others I have never told. What made me start writing them was an out-of-the-blue email from a woman wanting London stories for an online magazine. Although I wrote back asking what sort of stories she wanted, I never heard from her again. But by then, all kinds of memories were flooding into my mind - London encounters, coincidence tales, extraordinary people, wise and moving things people have said. The foreword to my book explains why I stopped at 40.
For me, it is extremely exciting that A Long Run in Short Shorts is published by Storyworks Press, the new press my husband Paul and I have created for the purpose. The book embodies one of the strong beliefs which has long been at the heart of my Storyworks philosophy - and my storytelling workshops - namely the value and interest of the personal tale both for us as individuals and as part of social communication.
On the storytelling side of my life, I'm currently developing Burying the Cat, a new storytelling show with, at its heart, one of the most popular stories in my new book of mini-memoirs, A Long Run in Short Shorts. The new show will be a companion piece to Travels with My Welsh Aunt. I may even perform them as two halves of the same evening.
I'm also starting to think about the third Enchanted Evening performances of songs and stories that my husband Paul and I will have given at Peppers in Fishguard, the arts venue with a splendid cafe and delicious food. Paul sings the songs, I tell the stories and David Pepper is the pianist. This next performance will be Spring Enchantment. Our previous two shows have been a great success with our audiences and a pleasure for us to perform! .
My most recent schools visit was to the new Cardiff Montessori School as part of National Storytelling Week. Coming up is a return visit to St Peter's in Hammersmith as part of their Arts Week. Intriguingly, the theme of the week will be Umbrellas with Renoir's painting of same a central focus. My mind is already working on a suitably colourful repertoire for all the classes of children I'll see.
I'd also like to draw your attention to my Storyworks Blog, part of which appears at the top of this website. I publish a new posting each Saturday and it delights me to say that I have subscribers as far afield as Australia and India. If you wish, you can easily become a regular (and free) subscriber yourself - see where to sign in on the blog itself - and I'd be delighted to welcome you there.
For a full list of my publications, including Shemi’s Tall Tales, 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. There, you'll find full details on how to purchase any of my titles directly from me
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
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