COURSES & EVENTS

COURSES & EVENTS

Telling Tales: An Introduction to Storytelling Course, 30 Nov and 1 Dec

Would you like to freely share stories with the young people in your life; your grandchild, son or daughter, or class of children? We are excited to be running an introduction to storytelling course, led by expert storyteller Danyah Miller - perfect for teachers, carers and parents who want to find new ways to engage children’s imaginations.

Absolutely no experience is necessary, complete beginners and nervous storytellers are most welcome!

Why storytelling?

Storytelling supports children’s literacy, it builds confidence, strengthens empathy, develops reasoning and engenders team spirit. It can be used across the curriculum to bring learning to life. Scientific studies, together with anecdotal evidence from educational psychologists, confirm what we know instinctively to be true that children who are exposed to storytelling, both as listeners and as tellers, have better literacy skills including fluency, vocabulary, writing and recall. Stories help us to value ourselves, respect others and care for the world. 

If you want to develop your confidence and skill, but feel that it’s a daunting prospect, or that you won’t remember it all without the aid of a book, then this weekend course is for you.  Begin to learn how to tell stories more creatively and use storytelling to support and nurture young people in their learning and growing. Join us to explore your own unique storytelling voice to share with others. 

During the weekend we will:

Work with songs, rhymes, poems and stories
Consider stories in context of what is appropriate for different ages and abilities
Explore a number of storytelling methods and techniques
Tell a story with confidence
Leave with ideas and suggestions as to how to include other oral stories into your repertoire.

The course will be led by expert storyteller Danyah Miller, who you may have seen performing at the Orange Tree in I Believe in Unicorns or Kika’s Birthday.

Danyah Miller is a storyteller, trainer, writer, theatre producer and mum who trained in drama, dance and English and later studied physical theatre at Lecoq in Paris. She loves to shares stories in nurseries, schools, theatre in education, theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. www.danyahmillerstoryteller.co.uk

 

‘I have learned that I can tell a story; I have learned I can write a story; I have learned I can tell a story and engage 120 children. I have learned to listen more attentively, respond more slowly and thoughtfully. I have learned there is magic in, and under, everyday objects. I have learned that stories live within me. I have learned that books are only the beginning. It will stay with me and change my teaching forever.’

Infant School Teacher

'There is no doubt that the storytelling projects we have undertaken with you have impacted on our practice, provision and children's learning outcomes. Thank you…..We couldn't have done it without you’. 

Usha Dhorajiwla - Head Teacher, on reaching OUTSTANDING SCHOOL - OFSTED

‘Danyah’s one of the great storytellers in this country... she brings stories to life in the most enchanting way.’

Michael Morpurgo

 

How to book

It costs £40 per person to take part

The course will run from 9.30am – 5.00pm on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December

Full attendance at both days across the weekend is required

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the weekend, but not lunch

Bursary places are available for those requiring financial support to take part – just ask!

To book your place, please complete this google form or email [email protected] with your name and contact phone number, we will get back to you to book you in.

If you have access needs, please do let us know when booking – everyone is very welcome and all needs can be met.

If you would like to talk further about the course, we’re happy to chat to you in more detail.

Photo (Danyah Miller in Kika's Birthday) by The Other Richard