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How to avoid being stiff with story and wooden with words!

It can be a delicate operation to separate a story’s performance issues from a story’s content and structure.  In this series I am only looking delivery, not content.

I mentioned in the last post something I have dubbed being ‘stiff with preparation’ and this happens when…


Added by Kate Lawrence on August 8, 2016 at 10:48pm — 2 Comments

Three Crucial Keys to Story Performance (No 2 of 4)

Now I know that you know that there are whole books dedicated to public speaking so I don’t expect to cover the field in this wee blog post, but I would like to focus on three areas:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Self awareness and…

Added by Kate Lawrence on August 1, 2016 at 1:33am — 2 Comments

Performance Cooking or The Climax of Telling

There is a three part process in true, oral storytelling:

1. Finding a story

2. Crafting your story 

3. Performing your story.  

In this series of four posts I will be focussing in on the last part, the performing, and in this first post I indulge in a reflective…


Added by Kate Lawrence on July 10, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Five Step Process for Bringing Senses into Your Storytelling

Following on from last weeks post, here is a five step process for including senses in your oral stories.

Step one (and I know this is a big one):  Be story ready.  Have your story worked out.  Practice it a few times.  

Step two:…


Added by Kate Lawrence on June 14, 2016 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Smell that Lemon - Using Senses in Storytelling

Imagine its a warm day and you are holding a ripe lemon.  Its been broken off a small branch of the lemon tree and along with a few lemon tree leaves there is also a little gathering of lemon flowers.  Put your nose up to the lemon, breathe in deeply and smell the sweet-sour scent of the fruit.  Now breathe…


Added by Kate Lawrence on June 6, 2016 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Ethics in Storytelling: Certainty Unleashed

Ok, so I seem to be the most prolific blogger on this site at the momenty, but assuming that is ok, I will keep putting these posts up....

Oh dear, ethics, what have I unleashed? When I thought all was certain, I find quicksand.

It feels like I'm making a set of…


Added by Kate Lawrence on May 19, 2016 at 11:44pm — 2 Comments

Ethics in Storytelling (No 1) - Words in Flow

Ethics in personal storytelling, like in most areas, is complex and tricky.  In this series of blog posts (which at this point are just a blink in my eye, not planned, let alone written), I want to explore several aspects of storytelling ethics.



Added by Kate Lawrence on May 13, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why All Stories Love Noise Cushioning Carpet and Curtains

Like my knee jerk reaction to people asking me if I have been reading any more stories lately, I can struggle when trying to get people to understand what a storytelling event needs in the way of…


Added by Kate Lawrence on May 5, 2016 at 10:42pm — 2 Comments

Call for Volunteer Readers May 2016: National Storytelling Network Brimstone Award

The National Storytelling Network's Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling issues a grant each year to an outstanding storytelling service project. In the past, the Brimstone Award has gone to storytelling projects focused on veterans, at-risk youth, people with life-threatening illnesses, and more. Projects have focused on topics as varied as youth mentoring, environmental conservation, collecting oral histories, grief support, and community development. Learn more about this award…


Added by Tim E on May 4, 2016 at 5:50pm — 1 Comment

How to fill your back pocket with little stories

A few months ago I attended a Year 12 parent teacher interview for my son,  Sam.    I quite enjoy these outings as it gives me a chance to engage with my beautiful, introverted and semi verbal 17 year old. 

The first interview was with his maths teacher Jake,…


Added by Kate Lawrence on April 28, 2016 at 8:16pm — No Comments

A Powerful Tree Restored My Strength!

It was the late 1980’s and I was suffering with spinal problems that had affected my walking.  I had lost strength in my body and particularly my legs.  It was painful to stand, walk or sit.  One day, I was led to some sacred teachings on healing through…


Added by Sista' Joy on April 28, 2016 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Are we letting baby media kill grandmother story?

The more I think about storytelling and explore ways of learning and understanding it, the more amazed I am at how deeply embedded story is in this life, and conversely, how deeply we are embedded in story; it really is the water we swim in.



Added by Kate Lawrence on April 21, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Time and Memory: Three Great Exercises To Find Stories

There is a seemingly brilliant book called “Your Life As Story” by Tristine Rainer, and one day I will know for sure just how brilliant it is, but for now (and the last four years, since I bought the book), I only know that the first third is…

Added by Kate Lawrence on April 16, 2016 at 7:05am — No Comments

Story is a Living Thing and Living is a Story thing: Biology of Story: An interactive Documentary

I have just come across a fascinating online story resource called Biology of Story, which describes itself as an interactive documentary .  You can watch…


Added by Kate Lawrence on April 6, 2016 at 5:48pm — No Comments

How personal storytelling is like dream work, only easier

Personal story work reminds me a little of dream work, but easier.  Dreams are set in a coded language that can be hard to crack. 

But with stories, the code or reason we have chosen that story to tell, will, with sincere…

Added by Kate Lawrence on March 31, 2016 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Hidden benefits of the story crafting process

Viktor Frankl was right, ‘The meaning of life is the meaning you give it’.

 Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist incarcerated for three years in concentration camps.  After the war he penned a small but incredibly influential book originally called 'Nevertheless, Say "Yes" to Life: A…

Added by Kate Lawrence on March 25, 2016 at 4:10am — No Comments

Blogging A to Z

Entered a blogging contest to write my stories on paper and put on the web. Read the blog posts then go to to read the stories then listen to the…


Added by Bobbie Kinkead on March 3, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

"Sending Mr. Columbine"

Wow, oh blimey. This has been quite an eventful day for me.  I have been out on the road performing a particular set of childrens stories for pre-school children for a couple of years, and today I had to send the information to an important client.  

This was a bit of a step, as I have travelled a log way with Lottie and Mr. Columbine, the magical old Moth Shepherd and his young friend who lives in the house at the top of his garden.  I really love doing these stories, and I tend to…


Added by Glenn Martin James on January 28, 2016 at 4:50pm — No Comments

"You Can't See the Hood for the Trees"

King John did not like to be foiled in anything he did, and he found himself in a very tricky situation.  Sitting on a hastily erected throne on the edges of the forest he sat there, eyeing the trees suspiciously as if daring them to move without his permission.  He had a shocking bad temper and could be frighteningly cruel and scary when he lost it. Twice he had thrown his crown into the moat and made the guards go swimming in there looking for it.  That takes a long time when you have to…


Added by Glenn Martin James on January 28, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Introducing Young Creatives 2016

Are you bursting with creative flair? Yes? Aged 5-16 years? Then we need you! Our Young Creatives Awards Scheme has returned for another year, in partnership with Penguin Books, WHSmiths and Photobox.…


Added by Emma Southcombe on January 13, 2016 at 8:01am — No Comments

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