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

"This is the book we've been waiting for!"

Out now!

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

It's described as an " essential guide" that " provides the tools to get the best out of oral storytelling and story-reading sessions, which can significantly improve young children’s early communication and literacy."

Here's a comment on it that I very much appreciate:

“This is the book we’ve been waiting for! Everyone who believes that stories lie at the heart of young children’s learning now has this splendid resource to draw upon. The author distills a lifetime of sharing stories into nine practical chapters. Which story? Read or told? Learnt from memory? All this and much more, recounted with energy, enthusiasm and love.” ~ Dr Hilary Minns, University of Warwick.

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 ~ Being Special

Last week it was a Symposium focusing on refugees. This week it was a dinner event in honour of five Disability Activists from Uganda, Tanzania and Bangladesh. Each occasion has given me much cause for thought, widening my sense of the special importance of a person’s own life story - and how much more that may be so when that person has been up against it in their life. Thursday's event was organised by ADD International, a charity I’ve supported for a number of years. ADD links with disability organisations in Africa and Asia to identify and give support to people who can become leaders in their own communities. To the organisation's great delight, five of the Disability Activists they work with had been able to travel to the UK this week to attend meetings and publicise their work. What had helped make this possible was the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which has been happening this week in London and the fact that one theme of this year’s gathering has been disability issues.

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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. Now I find they enhance each other. Like my last book, A Long Run In Short Shorts, my new one is also a product of both ways of doing things. Due out on March 21st, Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years is based on a great deal of experience of working with the 2-5 age-group as well as with nursery staff. It comes from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, price £14.95, and its emphasis throughout is on the enormous value and pleasure of doing stories with young children.  

A Long Run In Short Shorts was published by Storyworks Press, the new press my husband Paul and I created for the purpose. It consists of 40 short personal tales and I must admit it has brought a wonderfully appreciative response from many who've bought it. Some of its stories are ones I'd previously told on storytelling occasions or to friends. Others I'd never told before. My prompt to write it was an out-of-the-blue email from someone wanting London stories for an online magazine. Although I replied, I got no further response. But by then, all kinds of  memories had flooded into my mind - London encounters, coincidence tales, wise things people have said. The foreword to what resulted explains why the number of stories stops at 40. The book could have been a whole lot longer.

A Long Run in Short Shorts embodies one of the beliefs at the heart of my Storyworks philosophy, namely the value and interest of the personal tale both for us as individuals and as part of social communication. Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years looks at the value for young children of the full range of tales - new ones, old ones, personal ones as well as those you can make up on the spot. More details later on how to get a copy.  

On the storytelling side of my life, I'm currently preparing for several visits to schools during March as well as for  a talk to students at Warwick University on 3rd March. With luck, I'll help inspire some of them to try storytelling for themselves.

I'm also starting to think with my husband Paul about the next Enchanted Evening performances of songs and stories we're planning to do at Peppers the arts venue with a splendid cafe in my native Fishguard. Paul sings the songs, I tell the stories and David Pepper is the pianist. Our previous shows have been a great success with our audiences and a pleasure for us to perform. We're looking forward to the next.  .


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. 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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