about storytelling


Is storytelling just for children?

A narrator or possibly two
Uses words, voice, face and body
And sometimes props, activities, or electronic support,
To tell or perform a narrative
With a beginning, a middle and an end of some sort,
Characters, emotions, action,
And a climax of revelation or transformation, provoking catharsis,
To an audience of one or more people
Who are present with the Storyteller.



Is storytelling just for children?


Storytelling is for children as art is for children and music is for children.


Like other art forms, stories rely on the audience connecting the story with their own experiences, emotions, cultural knowledge.  The more that is within, the more you can take in.



Why do people tell stories?


To Educate  Stories convey information and wisdom and can be used by teachers


To Persuade  Stories engage us emotionally and empathetically, and can be used by salespeople and lawyers


To Heal  Our lives are a gathering of stories. We know ourselves through the stories we can share with others.  Severed from people who listen to our stories– by illness or isolation -  we are broken from ourselves and others.  Stories can be used by psychologists and social workers.


To Entertain  Most important.  Without this nothing else is possible.




What is storytelling today?


What is traditional storytelling?

Anecdotes shared informally and passed on like urban legends, acquiring polish in the retelling.

In the past those who could tell a good story would become famous for it in their local community and would own the stories they told.


These village Storytellers would choose who to pass them on to so that the stories could grow over generations. 



What is performance storytelling?

Not informal or spontaneous but performed for an audience, it is as different from traditional storytelling as a professional singer is different from singing in the car.

Performance storytelling emerged in the 1970s in the Western world with the folk and nationalist revivals of that time, inspired by a romanticised image of traditional storytelling but with formal skill teaching and professional standards of performance.



Healing – community and individual


Storytelling has only existed in this way for the last thirty or so years.

Storytellers are concerned with improving their craft by trying new techniques, exploring different genres, creating new stories, and reaching new audiences through new programs. See Jo’s Performances




How do I become a Storyteller?

Watch a lot of Storytellers.

Tell a lot of stories.

If possible, learn the basic skills of storytelling at one of Jo’s workshops.

Check out your local Storytelling Guild to become part of the community of Storytellers.




To find out more about storytelling or to book a Workshop go to the Queries page.