Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

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’.”

If you would like a copy,  it costs £9.50 (+ £1.80 p&p for the UK), click



You might also like to get A Long Run in Short Shorts. That costs £8.50 (+ £1.80 p&p).



If you’d like both, you can get them for the grand total of  £20.30 (inc p&p). click



Just email memary.medlicott@storyworks.org.uk , to tell me if you’d like dedications.

Crisis , the charity for homeless people, will receive £1.00 for every copy sold.

4 Responses to “A wonderful review of my new book!”

  1. Meg Says:

    Great news, Mary. Well done, you.
    Kind Regards
    Meg

  2. Jean Says:

    Oh Mary — love the book — yes essential guide and everything that Dr Hilary Minns says — and for me personally it was revisiting those first workshops in London.. It’s hearing your voice in every page and recognising the love of stories and the belief in the importance of stories for children and well – everyone — if they will listen . Thank you for writing this wonderful book Mary — Thank you for all the stories. Jeanxx

  3. Mary Medlicott Says:

    Dear Jean, ever since those Drill Hall workshop days, you have always been so supportive. Thanks for your lovely comments on my new book. They make me feel proud to have written it.

  4. Mary Steele Says:

    I was glad and interested to hear from John Pole and read his thoughtful review, especially his perceptive link to ‘dilemma stories’ which I had previously heard about from Grace Hallworth.

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