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.”

"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

A lovely first comment on my new book!

After reading just two stories in my new book The Uses of 'a' , Margaret Jull Costa, translator of Javier Marías and José Saramago, has written to say she thought them ‘remarkable’.

She says: “Both  A Matter of Chance, and Chameleon Love are so beautifully written and so deliciously enigmatic and so wise too.”

The stories collected in the book were written over a wide period of my adult life. Yet it always feels like a great surprise when, as if it's come from nowhere, I discover a new short story is there in my mind. If you get to read the book, I hope you'll find some stories there that appeal to you.

Beautifully designed by Olwen Fowler, the book could make an excellent gift to yourself or a friend. All you have to do is click the button below. This will allow you to buy copies at £9.50 (+ p&p for the UK). Crisis, the charity for homeless people, will receive £1.00 for every copy sold.

If you're outside the UK or would like more copies or dedications just email me:

Latest post in my Storyworks Blog
Storytelling Starters ~ Power of Place

From time to time over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking, writing and singing about Llansteffan, the estuary village on the coast of Carmarthenshire. This morning, as Llansteffan popped into  my mind yet again, a new thought came with it. What about thinking back on your life not in terms of what you were doing there or who else was present, but simply by place? If you did this, you’d be focusing less on yourself, more on the places where you’d spent time. What did those places look like? What was the atmosphere? The weather? Focusing less on yourself, you'd be concentrating more on the places themselves. Landscape, atmosphere, weather, any other people that are there and their ways of talking: you could almost try leaving yourself out of the picture altogether. This way, you might find greater richness in your memories than you'd expected. Come to think of it, it might work in a similar way to the piece of advice given to me once by my sister-in-law. She is a superb photographer. And her advice? Always look round the edges of the scene in your viewfinder when you're about to take a photo.

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And now some news of myself 
Early in 2019 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It’s the fourth cancer I have experienced and dealing with it has monopolised my year. But there have been any number of good things too. I’ve kept on writing my weekly blog, receiving lots of lovely responses from readers. Also I’ve put together a new book. This time it’s a collection of short pieces of fiction by myself. It’s entitled The Uses of ‘a’ – and other Stories and it will be out by the end of the year. More details soon.  

My most recent book,  Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years is published by Jessica Kingsley, price £14.95 and it's available from this website. It draws on the considerable amount of work with Early Years children that I've 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 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. 

Steve, Paul and Mary

On the storytelling side of my life, I'm currently making preparations for my contribution to the next Raising Cash for Crisis #5 event being given by my husband Paul and pianist Steve Copeland on November 24th. Paul will be singing a variety of songs, I'll be doing some readings and we'll be singing a duet. The event will happen at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham staring at 5.30. If you're in the area, do come along. Instead of selling tickets, we will be asking for donations of £10 upwards. If you can't come but would like to make a donation, let me know and I'll tell you how. 

Another important part of my working life is Storytelling Starters. This is my Storyworks Blog. It's published every week on Saturdays and, as you may have noticed,  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 very big and  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 Scotland, India, Australia and New Zealand. 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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