An Introduction

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Welcome to Storyteller’s Abode. Come inside, take a seat, and let me tell you a story…

Join me on a journey deep into an enchanted forest. There we’ll discover a magical world of fairies and unicorns; we’ll encounter dragons, pixies and goblins. We might even have an adventure with some princesses, wizards or knights! All we have to do is let our imaginations run free.

I am a children’s entertainer of 10 years experience, living in the east of England and I am currently in the process of setting myself up in business.  The Storyteller’s Abode will be offering role-play sessions for children, with storytelling, scenery, toys and dressing up.  The stories to be told and the artwork for the scenery are all my own and one of the reasons for this blog is to share and gain feedback on them.

I have always written, though in recent years life, as it has a tendency to do, has got in the way of creativity.  This year I took the big step.  I abandoned my teacher training course midway and decided to strike out on my own, combining all the things I love most – working with children, stories and art. It was a terrifying move and I still occasionally wonder whether I did the right thing! But I am determined to make it work.

As well as writing children’s stories I also write poetry and stories for (young) adults. I add the ‘young’ here as I mainly write fantasy, which tends to be viewed as being for younger audience – though I would (and quite happily could) debate this. My blog is also a place for me to share these pieces and to, hopefully, improve my abilities to the point where I don’t cringe at the thought of other people reading them.

 

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Scenes from the Enchanted Forest

Here are a few pictures I’ve painted for my children’s storytelling and role play business. Each of these also have children’s stories to go with them, which I’m hoping to share on here soon (when I’ve typed them up!).  I’d love to know what people think.

watermarked unicorns

The Unicorn Glade (20″ x 13″)

The Unicorn Glade (7" x 5")

The Unicorn Glade (7″ x 5″)

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The Dragon’s Cave (7″ x 5″)

Pixie Party watermarked

The Pixie Part (7″ x 5″)

The World Will Wait

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In amongst the minutiae,
the everyday,
the hither and thither
of life
rushing by –
there’s no time to talk,
no time to rest,
no time…

Stop.
Take a breath.

Tilt your face to the sun.
Feel the warmth on your skin.
The world will wait.

See the beauty of the
budding trees,
the blossom cascading in flurries
of pastel shades.
View the ever changing canvas
arching overhead,
painted with clouds in multihued swirls.

Close your eyes .
Breathe deep.

The scent of wild roses carries
on an insistent spring breeze;
a heady intoxicant
twining around your senses.

Listen
to nature’s music,
a multitude of harmonies,
as wind strummed trees
join in chorus
with the trills of songbirds.

All it takes is a moment.
So stop.
And take a breath.
The world will wait.