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Storyteller Performance

How do I go about booking a Storyteller?

Storytelling is an intimate and often interactive art. A storyteller tells from memory rather than reading from a book. The listener is very  important in the storytelling process. For stories to live, they need  the hearts, minds and ears of listeners. Without the listener, there  is no story.

Choosing a storyteller

The website does not recommend one storyteller over another. The entries for individual storytellers in the Directory describe repertoire, experience, availability to travel, favoured age group and contact information. It is up to the person or organisation making the booking to consider which storyteller is best matched to their particular needs.

Fees and expenses should be negotiated with each individual storyteller.

Storytelling in Education 

In engaging a storyteller to work in schools and libraries it is worth  remembering that storytelling for young people is a specialized skill.  Not all storytellers work in schools. Find out from the Directory whether the teller being considered has experience working with the  age group in your care. Many storytellersvisit schools through the Heritage in Schools and Writers in Schools schemes, which may pay part or the storytellers' fees.

Some things to consider if you are inviting a storyteller  to your school

Decide what you would like from the storytelling session and  discuss it with the storyteller.


What age group would you like the storyteller to work with? 

It is important to remember that a group of young listeners should  not ideally contain a wide age range. Very young children will not  understand stories pitched at the older ones. Similarily older children  may find stories offered to the younger ones too ‘babyish’.

What size should the group be?

Remember, the intimate nature of storytelling . Ideally there should  be no more than two classes per session.

How should the space be organised? 

Because of the importance of eye contact in storytelling, comfort  and visibility are the essentials here. If possible, the ideal would be  for listeners to sit in a semi circle.  Tell the children that they can look forward to the visit of the  storyteller to their school.  Let the storyteller know if any of the children have special needs.  Once you have booked a storyteller, confirm in writing, the date,  time and place and if necessary give directions.


On the day 

Have someone organized to meet the storyteller and to show him/ her around.   An offer of tea or coffee would be appreciated.   Make sure that the storyteller is provided with a glass of water  during the session. Due to insurance requirments and the SOI/AOS Child Protection Policy, a responsible adult must be present  at the storytelling. It is, of course, important that this person is  supportive and not a distraction to the listeners or to the teller.

Feedback is welcomed by a storyteller.   Last but not least, if you have agreed to pay on the day make sure  that there is cash or a cheque waiting.

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