Update: for newspaper articles on this trip click here.
I’m off to India! The British Council and Kathakar International Storytellers Festivalhave invited me to this annual storytelling event in Delhi on 6 and 7th Feb. I can’t know exactly what I’ll be telling where or when, not until I’ve met the audience, but I do know I will be telling East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon. To hear a clip of this story, click here…
Around these dates, I have also been engaged by the British Council in India to visit Kolkata, New Delhi and Chandigarh. I’m looking forward to visiting schools, telling stories to primary and secondary children. Hopefully, I will be able to tell them some traditional stories they’ve never heard before and, hopefully, they can teach me the Hindi for “bogey”.
I shall be appearing at the International Kolkata Book Fair telling adult fairy stories and myths and, at BC libraries and centres, I shall be running workshops for parents and teachers in Storytelling Skills. These skills will help parents tell better stories to their children, help teachers do the same and also teach teachers how a story structure can be used to make any lesson more engaging, more immersive.
I’ve never been to India but I know that when you work somewhere you get a different experience than simply sight-seeing. Can’t wait!
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