Kapiti Observer : January 3rd 2013
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Personal journey: Pukerua Bay's Judy Frost-Evans says storytelling encourages people to share their personal stories. By TALIA CARLISLE Storytelling is not often thought of as a way to express science, a possible career choice, or way to connect with nature. Most people probably do not think beyond Once upon a time . . .'', but for some storytelling goes beyond the pages. Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time; generations passing on tales of their ancestors and sharing their experiences through the spoken word. In The Belly of the Whale School of Storytelling, based in the Wellington- Kapiti area, runs courses ranging from remembering your ancestors to felting and telling a Nativity story. Co-founder Judy Frost-Evans said storytelling was more than entertain- ment, it could be used for counselling, mediation, education and therapy. It was also a social activity, she said, encourag- ing people to share their own stories. I find that inspiring when I hear someone talk about their lives; how they've met challenges and how they overcame them. They've invited me into their world and they're sharing some- thing with me.'' Successful storytelling is achieved through speaking in pictures, and using the voice, body, pace and structure. Frost-Evans came across storytelling late in life when she attended a parent teacher meeting at her son's Rudolf Steiner school, where they often use storytelling as a teaching tool. There's no props, no screens, no sound effects, no power point, nothing, just words but I went on this whole journey and created all these pictures. I remem- ber sort of thinking at the time, aww, you can just do that with words'.'' Afterwards she attended a storytelling festival at the National Library which inspired her to learn more about the art. A few years later Frost-Evans moved to England for work. While there she checked out Emerson University, where her son's teacher had learnt storytelling years earlier. There were people there who were very accomplished storytellers and there were people there like me who had never done anything like it before and weren't quite sure,'' she said. She became addicted and over the next 10 years enrolled in 20 part-time courses at the school, learning how to find stories, different types of storytelling and coun- selling through storytelling. Before returning to New Zealand, she expressed her regret at never doing a full- time storytelling course. Her tutor, Sue Hollingsworth, told her not to worry, she would bring the course to New Zealand. This course was so successful it is returning, from January to March. This time Frost-Evans is helping to run it. There is a five-week course in Kapiti and a one-week course in Wellington and smaller workshops during the three months. The courses will be run by Hollings- worth and Ashley Ramsden, directors of the International School of Storytelling in England, the longest established centre of its kind in Europe. Ramsden has toured the world with his storytelling programmes and voice- teaching methods, and the storyteller's skills are internationally acclaimed. Hollingsworth teaches, performs one woman biographical storytelling shows and takes story into the world of busi- ness. Working mostly in Europe, Africa and New Zealand, she also leads story walks, women's storytelling retreats and is particularly interested in working with storytelling in the environment. Meanwhile, Frost-Evans says, storytel- ling is relevant to all topics. She saw Vic- toria University science students present their theses through storytelling earlier this year. A great idea, she said. When someone gives a lecture that's a bit dry, doesn't have a structure and it's just facts then, OK, there's a certain amount you're going to remember but when it's in story form, because it takes you into this imaginative place, then I think you engage with it more and you remember it. It has an impact.'' She said the best thing about storytel- ling was the journey she described as being in the belly of the whale''. Stories often take you into a dark place. You get a bit lost, you don't know where you're going. And then you come out and life is a bit changed.'' I think for a while it was seen in our culture as for children but now I think people are realising that it's for every- body. In terms of family stories I think it's really important. I think that's prob- ably where it never did die out.'' Course details phone 04 239 8346 or see www.schoolofstorytelling.com.
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