I had hoped 2020 would be the international year of Vision. Clearly it is the year of COVID 19.
Now it’s 2021 & we’re still not out of it, which is awful. Yet this year, at Giles Abbott Storytelling, we still hope to celebrate GIles’ 20 years in storytelling. Hence the Story Shop and release of archives of Giles’ recorded work.
In 2020 Giles got involved with World Storytelling Cafe, an initiative linking locked-down storytellers with locked-down story lovers. There are stories for families, children & adults and there are Viking myths told with live illustration by James Lythe. For an archive of the work I posted go to Giles Abbott at WSC where you can enjoy the storytelling and decide for yourself how much you wish to contribute.
And for 2021? Giles is very busy teaching Voice online for different drama schools (IDSA, MetFilm) and in FE (City Lit) and is available for public and private online storytelling events and also for online 1:1 Voice Teaching.
The most exciting development is Blind Tellers. In 2018 I approached the Royal Society for Blind Children and proposed an intervention. They agreed and, with Arts Council support we were able to work together for a year during which I trained Blind & Partially Sighted Young People in storytelling skills, voice skills, writing skills, all with a view to boosting their self-esteem and confidence and enhancing their chances in life and work. It was so successful that RSBC has asked me to devise a second intervention, only this one will be bigger! Watch this space…