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StoryFest 2018: The Magic of Storytelling with Children - by Mara Menzies



This workshop will introduce practical tips and techniques on how to engage with young audiences between ages 4 to 8 years.

Recommended for: 

  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Teachers & Educators
  • Counselling & Therapy
  • Storytellers
  • Librarians
  • Community Facilitators

For many people who work with children, storytelling can feel like a terrifying proposal. This workshop is ideal for those new to storytelling, looking to improve their confidence or those who wish to find ways to better incorporate it into their work. It offers practical solutions for engaging a young audience, including how to use your voice, facial expressions and physicality to keep the children at the heart of the story.

Participants will be taken on a journey of discovery and explore diverse strategies for group engagement. Using a combination of storytelling, hands-on activities and discussion, the workshop will explore the process of choosing the right kind of stories for children and methods of ensuring children play an important role in the storytelling process.

This workshop is an interactive and participatory experience with group discussions and group activity as well as opportunities to try out techniques in a safe and supportive space. A practical workshop that will explore tips and techniques to assist storytelling with children:

  • How to engage the children physically
  • Importance of exaggerated facial expressions
  • Methods to increase confidence
  • Voice techniques: call and response, song and rhyme, repetition
  • Conveying characters convincingly
  • Links to sources of stories and other story aids online
  • Tools that are available and the different ways to maximise their efficiency

Mara Menzies is a Kenyan/Scottish storyteller who draws from her rich and diverse cultural heritage. She has performed and led storytelling workshops around the world including Kenya, Singapore, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Cuba, USA and across the UK. Her repertoire is substantial and her children are her two harshest critics. She is passionate in how stories have the power to challenge perceptions, to transform and heal. Mara firmly believes that stories will change our world for the better.

Unauthorized video and audio recording is not permitted for this event.
Photography without flash and without disrupting the artists/performance is permitted within reason.

All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission.
Admission is subject to proof of tickets purchased.

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