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

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


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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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A wonderful review of my new book!

 John Pole, the fine songwriter, puppeteer and oral storyteller has just written a review of my new book in Facts & Fiction. I'm  so delighted with it that I thought I might share part of it here. After a wonderfully supportive introduction he writes:

"She has written a lot about traditional stories and telling and has also published a book of her own personal stories (A Long Run in Short Shorts, Storyworks Press, 2016).

"Now here is something very different – a collection of pieces she calls ‘short fictional stories’, all original and a couple personal. Many echo the themes and structure of traditional tales but every one of them stands by itself and the whole collection has kaleidoscopic variety and tremendous energy. It is full of vivid imagery, acute observation and gentle – sometimes self-mocking – wit.

"The pieces are listed in alphabetical order but you should start with the title ‘story’ 'The Uses of 'a'. This is a kind of meditation about telling stories or, more precisely, about using language imaginatively and creatively. ‘It’s full of potential’, says Mary, and this can be said not just of her subject, the indefinite article ‘a’, but also of all the other stories in the collection. In my view, as Mary says of 'a', these stories ‘can be of enormous help in expanding our sense of life’. Many of the twenty-four pieces are mysterious, enigmatic, almost like the West African ‘dilemma’ tales where the listener (or reader) is left to solve the problem the story describes: some of these puzzling but powerful stories, such as ‘Contemplation', simply leave you to ponder their meaning and the pictures they paint, which linger in the mind. But Mary comments, after one such mysterious and magical tale, 'The Gift of Love': ' I know not what the truth may be, I tell the story as it came to me'.

Thank you John for a hugely encouraging review..

If you  would like a copy, 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: mary.medlicott@storyworks.org.uk


 
Latest post in my Storyworks Blog
 
Storytelling Starters ~ In our street

Sometimes you definitely need a cup of tea, or maybe if things are bad it has to be a glass of whiskey. Then there are also the times when you need a joke. Let me rephrase that because the same thing may not apply to you. Perhaps it's just me. But sometimes, just as I sometimes need strawberries, I really do need a good joke. Here’s a daft one I put in my store a long time ago. It always cheers me up. Coming home after work one day, a Council worker was going along the path to his front door when his friend who lived opposite saw him stop and stamp on a snail. ‘Hey?’ said the friend. ‘What you doin’ that for, stomping on a harmless thing like that?’ ‘Come off it,’ said the Council worker. ‘It’s been followin’ me all day!’ Preferably you have to hear that joke in a South Wales accent. It’s one of a number of lovely ones I’ve been told over the years. Maybe I’ll remember another next week!

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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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