Various schools throughout the festival
We are partnering with schools throughout the region to bring professional storytellers into the classroom.
‘It seems too obvious a thing to say that storytelling is essential for developing young people’s ability for listening, speaking, remembering and interpreting a sequence of events meaningfully. Particularly when I am telling to young audiences, some of whom might still be learning or struggling with reading, I think of how oracy used to be humanity’s only form of literature. The development of writing, vital as it is to cultures today, did not entirely subsume the power and necessity for the spoken word. Now young people are at the forefront of new communication technologies. Amidst the wonders of social media and IT’s unprecedented speed of development, live storytelling is as essential as ever to champion the irreplaceable directness and intimacy of face to face communication.’