‘Food for the soul, a healing well to dip into for storytellers at all levels…offers wonderful guidance, inspiration and encouragement for imaginative storymaking and storytelling.’
Susan Perrow, Author, Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour
In this step by step companion guide, Nancy Mellon explores the secrets of what makes a good story and how to become a confident storyteller from scratch. The healing power of stories is a strong antidote to today’s electronic screen world. Storytelling is an engaging, meaningful way of sharing our thoughts and feelings. As a path of self-development, storytelling awakens archetypal experiences, symbols and forces within for healing oneself and others.
Nancy Mellon shows how to create a magical atmosphere for the telling of tales, how to use movement and direction within a story, how to set a storyscape, beginnings and endings, how to best use the rhythms of voice. Here are also the more subtle ingredients of storytelling including moods, the elements, seasons and the symbolism of magic words, objects and weapons which represent the external and archetypal forces in our world.
The cover features the beautiful Apple Tree Moon print by Arthur J. Penn.
‘Heals body, mind and earth’ Laura Simms, Storyteller
‘The book enriches the practice of storytellers of all kinds in artistic performance, education and creative groupwork.’Donald Smith, Scottish International Storytelling Festival