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Applied Storytelling: the Power of Story

Storytelling has the power to transform lives and societies, heal relationships, and provide identity and community. Let this be a venue for exploring the power of story.

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Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on July 8, 2009 at 4:38am

I would also be interested in that article of yours. I am keen to see what kind of quantitative proof there is of the obvious connection between storytelling and literacy. I think it is paramount to the increased awareness around the importance of storytelling as a tool for education and development. The book sounds good as well, I will check them out. Thanks for that.
Comment by Delanna Reed on July 7, 2009 at 1:10pm
Dear Grandma Honey, I have an article in Literacy in the Storytelling Classroom and will look at my copy (hot off the press) to see if there is anything you can use. I believe the book is more for teachers and storytellers who work in schools and offers activities and practical advice. The book you really need is Story Proof by Kendall Haven. He compiled all kinds of empirical research on storytelling in the classroom. The fact is, there isn't much out there on storytelling and reading that is more that purely anecdotal. A graduate student at ETSU did his thesis on a fairly quantitative study comparing telling and reading stories to preschool children. His name is Matt Gallets. Perhaps you can access his thesis through your university library.
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on July 7, 2009 at 9:11am

Get to Jack Zipes when you can, his research through classroom projects is inspirational stuff. Creative Storytelling is a great one to start with.
There is always so much to read!
(a great complaint though!)
Comment by Michael Williams on July 7, 2009 at 7:34am
As there are many of you here with a passion for healing story, can I invite you to contribute a short article, personal reflection or resource relevant to the healing power of story. Contributions can be sent to me at or you can submit online at (go to the 'Storytelling' link). If you do decide to make a contribution, please send along a short (less than 50 words) bio and a small portrait photo. Make sure to send a link to your site if you have one so we can make sure our readers learn more about you and your work.

In the meantime, I'd be interested in people's experiences of therapeutic or healing work using story.

Comment by Tom Bland on July 7, 2009 at 7:33am

I haven't read it...

I read this book which was really good:

Drama and Traditional Story for the Early Years by Nigel Toye & Francis Prendiville

There's a section on language development if that helps.


PS, I ain't read Jack Zipes... so much I need to read!
Comment by Grandmahoney on July 6, 2009 at 7:48pm
I am wondering if the book is worth $40.00 as well. Oral storytelling should be implemented in the classrooms but in order to do that we need to emphasize how important it is. I do not see much research on Oral storytelling as I do read alouds
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on July 6, 2009 at 8:12am
Hey Tom

That book sounds good. I looked it up online, have you read it at all? I am wondering if it is worth the $40 they are charging for it! Would it be comparable with Jack Zipes work?
thanks for the heads up!
Comment by Tom Bland on July 6, 2009 at 7:33am

I saw this book the other day,

Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom (Libraries Unlimited, 2009)

Keep us updated with your research.


Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on July 6, 2009 at 3:46am
Grandma Honey

The connection of Storytelling and Literacy is obvious to us who work with story, but not to the academic and children's education areas. Your work is incredibly valuable. I think the more concrete studies we get on this, the more storytelling will be considered essential to every school curriculum. Unfortunately I do not know of anyone currently doing a study on it, but I would look to European Literacy Initiatives, or worldwide Literacy bodies, as they have probably already done a huge amount of work on it. I hope that helps. I wish you luck with your thesis and do hope you will post more about your findings here.

Go n'eiri leat (may success be with you)
Clare Muireann Murphy
Comment by Grandmahoney on July 5, 2009 at 11:22am
I am doing my doctoral thesis on oral Storytelling, can anyone tell me where I can find more research on how storytelling can help students with their reading comprehension? Please post on here or email me at I really want to finish this study on how storytelling is a good tool to help our students learn. I can't wait to get your information
Grandma Honey

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