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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.
To buy a copy simply click here on A Long Run in Short Shorts and follow the instructions.
An ideal present, you will also be able to request for copies to be sent direct to family and friends.
Latest post in my Storyworks Blog
Storytelling Starters ~ Voices Beyond Division
The concert I went to on Thursday evening opened with a story – one of those timeless types of stories with an underlying meaning. The concert was in St James' Church, Piccadilly and filled with parents and supporters of all the young people taking part. It was appropriately named Voices Beyond Division. The aim was to proclaim the need and desire for peace in the Middle East.
I can't retell the story fully because it contained four words I don’t know from four of the languages of the Middle East. Essentially, though, this is it:
A bunch of grapes
Four people who’d found themselves travelling together came to a market in a busy town. Between them they had a little money but no shared language and, faced with the market, each said what he’d most like from the market to eat, naming what he wanted in his own language. But what if their money did not stretch to four different things? Soon they started to squabble, each determined to have what he wanted.
Then another man came along. Hearing what each of the travellers wanted, he stopped their squabbling by saying he’d go and buy it for them. There’d be enough money, he assured them. So he went into the market and when he returned he had with him a huge bunch of grapes. For that is exactly what each man had wanted. They’d used four different words to name it but what they'd all asked for was grapes.
Same thing: four different languages. And as the storyteller put it, the message of this story can be applied more deeply. Often what we want is the same thing though we may say it differently depending on our language. Bringing together people of different languages and faiths, this particular concert was all about a shared desire for peace.
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 getting ready for what will be the second Enchanted Evening performances of songs and stories that Paul and I will have given at Peppers in Fishguard. This one is Winter Enchantment. It happens on Thursday, 8 December, starting at 6.30 p.m. You can either book online at email@example.com or by phone on01348 874540.If you wish, you can also book for the delicious supper that will follow.
Other special performances of mine this year have included a return visit to the Chiltern Welsh Society, a performance of From the Land of the Magic/O Wlad yr Hud at Waterstone's in Piccadilly and a Welsh story for Welsh learners in Maes D at the Welsh National Eisteddfod which this year was held in Abergavenny.
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 My Publications 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
. And to know more about what I can offer you, whether it's a performance, a workshop or a school visit, please
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