Saturday, 15 March 2014

Story-scapes at Lourdes Boys N.S

It was wonderful to meet the younger classes (junior, senior, first and second classes) at Lourdes Boys N.S, Mooncoin yesterday. 

 It's a very powerful thing for a child to choose to stand up in front of the whole class and tell a story. Sometimes the stories are recited, something they've seen or heard and that they're just dying to tell others about, sometimes it's something they've read or written or sometimes they just want to get a topic off heir chest. It's always amazing to see how they react once they have everyone's attention. Some children relish the opportunity and go for it, whilst others flounder when they get there, they always stand their ground (nobody has turned away) but everyone reacts differently. 

Last week at Ashbourne library a child told us about Cinderella in her word perfect english. Inspired by this, a boy in very broken english told us about Humpty Dumpty, he was corrected and interrupted by his classmates but at the end we could all see the sense of achievement on his face. Some of the stories are funny, thought provoking or non sensical but whatever they are, it gives a child ownership and the right to be heard by other people and we LOVE that. 

Here's to more inspiring opportunities to share stories xx

Making story-scapes together

Creating 4m long story-scapes


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Art and Heart of Storytelling


Had an absolute blast over the weekend at the #Galwayartscentre (March 8th -9th) learning a helluvalot about what does and doesn't work about live storytelling; including the dangers of paper mache (not a well publicised topic but something people should know about none the less.) 

It was truly amazing to meet Sean(again), Sian, Brian, Ciara, Dave, Rachel, Margaret and Lucy - what an inspiring bunch of people to have gone exploring with, it really was such good craic and something I'd do again in a heartbeat. But in the meantime there's a huge amount to digest and try out at the next school visit. Watch out kids! Lourdes National School, Mooncoin in particular!

If you have the desire to try something a bit outrageous and need to get rid of pent up energy Dave Rock is an excellent teacher/facilitator and will give you practical advise and nuggets of wisdom all weekend. Why not nurture your inner story teller? You won't regret it!

Fellow storytellers ( photo stolen from Sean Ó Gaoithín)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Investigating 'story' - World Book Day 2014

What an incredible week! Delighted to have met so many wonderful new people in Dublin, Meath and Galway, thanks Dubray for the wonderful welcome (as always.)  HELLO 1st class pupils from St. Mary's in Trim and the Educate Together School in Ashbourne. Thanks to all the fantastic children who never fail to inspire and surprise with their knowledge and spontaneity. We created story-scapes, told our own stories and made up new words like scary+ambitious= scambitious (bet you can think of a few people who fit that description.) Really enjoyed the visits to Ashbourne (a purpose built modern library with a full programme of dynamic events) and the beautiful town of Trim which is well worth visiting as is the lovely library(I'll definitely go back there.) 

It's been very enriching to consider the concept of story with both adults and children this week and it's set to continue with adults at the weekend as I embark on a storytelling course with nine others at the Arts Centre in Galway, facilitated by #DaveRock. The constant shift out of the comfort zone over the past five weeks has been fascinating and thoroughly recommend it if you're up for a challenge. As for investigating 'story', it might be a good long while before that topic's exhausted. 




Dubray Books Galway

Dubray Books Galway

Dubray Books Galway

Dubray Books Galway

Wow! Super long story-scape

Story-scape

Trim library

Trim library

Trim library


Trim library



Creating story-scapes

Creating story-scapes

Cool story-scape

at Trim library