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Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

It’s been a long time since I celebrated Guy Fawkes Night as I’ve lived in Spain for thirteen years but tonight I enjoyed telling my son all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. It’s a very exciting story where the conspirators make a deadly plan, a dramatic escape but come to a gruesome end. The Gunpowder, Treason and Plot website makes an excellent resource for telling this historical story.

Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night is celebrated annually on 5th November. It… Continue

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Halloween in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain) 2008

I remember as a child on Halloween, imagining witches flying through the night, and as I celebrated my son’s first Halloween, I became one of those witches! It was a perfect night, with a high swirling wind, blowing through the trees and the crashing of the waves on the beach. (Thankfully it had stopped raining, which had been my son’s concern for most of the day) We quickly got changed into our disfraces; Witch and Skeleton as my husband helped with last minute make-up.

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Posted on November 2, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 1:36pm on November 12, 2010, Bernard Anson Silj said…
Spain is sooo important to our project and map. Please see
Will you not join us ? I hope to hear from you soon. Dado /Bernard) Anson Silj
At 8:11am on March 7, 2009, Steve Evans said…
Greetings! I hope you like Professional Storyteller. I sure do! Won't you consider participating in the "Applied Storytelling: the Power of Story" group? We would love to have you! Best wishes. STEVE
At 1:39am on February 4, 2009, Margaret Read MacDonald said…
Hi Serena: I am going to be in Madrid and Cordoba next week. But won't be coming near Barclelona. Gerry Fierst and I are invited by the US Embassy to tell very simple stories in basic English in local schools which are doing bilingual education.
I am doing work in Europe every winter now, since my daughter and her husband are teaching at Bonn International School. Gives me a reason to fly over here and see them.
Glad to here you are telling in Barcelona....the more storytelling the better! and what better way to share fun English!
At 8:28am on November 7, 2008, Dale Jarvis said…
Hi there! I am spreading the word about the new World Storytelling Day group:

If you know of any storytelling events happening near you in March, let me know, and make sure to add them to the World Storytelling Day event list.

At 10:58am on October 28, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
Hello Serena, I discovered this today and thought you might be interested. Emma
At 2:54am on October 27, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
Hi Serena, you might find this group interesting EVO_Drama_2008@ yahoogroups. com. There have been some excellent ideas for story theatre. Perhaps you have heard of them already. I didn't do the course, just joined the discussion group. Here's the website.
At 2:35pm on October 26, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
Your theatre company sounds fabulous. Yes, this site has been a great place to meet people and exchange ideas.
At 1:50pm on October 26, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
Hi Serena, sounds like a wonderful job - wouldn't mind something similar myself. Hope you get it. Good luck with the interview! Let me know how you get on. I was an ELT teacher trainer here in Norway and in Australia and used to get so excited about teaching using storytelling. It was, however, just a small part of the job.
At 12:24pm on October 26, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
Hello Serena, When I was teaching young learners I used a lot of real books rather than books written for ELT learners. Look at for ideas. One of my favourites is 'Not Now Bernard'. I would create whole projects based on books and stories. There are some good ELT books however, e.g. Winnie the Witch. I also used folk tales and simplified them. If I needed illustrations, I used one of the many royalty free picture/photo sites. e.g. I used a lot of action stories and story games. In addition, I did a lot of work with children writing their own stories. Sometimes they would then create their own books using the computer - they would scan in their own pictures. I will try to find out some of the other books I used. I haven't used books in a while so they are all packed away. I'm not sure if this is useful.
At 2:34pm on October 23, 2008, Rivka Willick said…
There are a couple wonderful children's books around the theme of family quilts-I have one that's African American but I think I loaned it out-google should bring it up. Most of the stories I do are original or from odd sources. I bet looking at quilting books might bring up some neat stories, I often find stories in the margins of cookbooks. The story of the man who makes a coat, and when it gets frayed he makes it into a jacket, then a vest, then a cap, then a pocket, then a button then a story......would be nice to tell while quilting. You could also mention the storyteller Willa Bringham who makes beautiful quilts in between the times she tells and when she is finished she sends them to people having hard times, to give comfort. For example she sent some over to the Hurricane Catrina victims--she often sends them to people she has never met -- a way of one soul connecting to another. Rivka



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