This week I had the privilege of working with students from Berwick Academy and Longridge Towers as part of The Berwick-Upon-Tweed Literary Festival. I spent one day with each school introducing them to the art of storytelling and exploring the theme of Mythical Monsters and Fantastic Beasts.
We shared stories, chants, songs and games. The students created stories using characters and places from their own experience, and then adding monsters and beasts from myth and folktale. They rose to the challenge and allowed their imaginations to run free, creating stories of Kelpies, Selkies, Boggarts and Bogles and their encounters with cadet soldiers, grannies wearing fake tan and rugby players. They practised telling their stories to each other and they bravely performed in front of their whole group.
Some of the students have volunteered to join me in a storytelling performance on 19th October 2018 for the lower schools in Berwick where they will get to share their stories with a bigger audience. I’m looking forward to seeing how their stories develop between now and then.