Secrets to storytelling unfolding in Pukerua Bay
Professional storytelling tutors will run courses in Pukerua Bay in February and there’s a story to their arrival.
Pukerua Bay woman Judy Frost-Evans took part-time courses in storytelling at the International School of Storytelling in Sussex while living in Britain.
When it was time to return to New Zealand she told tutor Sue Hollingsworth her big regret was she had never done a fulltime course. Hollingsworth told her not to worry, that she would bring the course to her and, true to her word, Pukerua Bay has been added to the touring schedule of the school, which runs courses throughout Britain, Australia and South Africa.
Hollingsworth and school founder Ashley Ramsden will run a five-week storytelling course called ‘‘ The Storyteller in the Community’’.
It will be suitable for beginners and more experienced storytellers, giving people the skills to take their stories to a wider audience, Ms Frost-Evans said.
‘‘This course will give you the ability to tell traditional tales, biographical and spontaneous stories.
‘‘It will also help you to develop your voice, uncovering the storyteller that lives naturally within you so that you will have the confidence to bring stories to the fields of education, the environment, family history, therapy, business at home or on stage.’’
In addition, there will be community storytelling in St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki on five days during the course.
‘‘We hope to encourage storytelling in the community as a tradition that will provide a listening and telling space in Paekakariki for years to come,’’ Ms FrostEvans said.
‘‘I’m rather hoping that out of this course will grow a group who will continue meeting and that there will be enough interest for the tutors to come back.’’
For people unable to attend a five-week course, there will be a series of evening sessions, held one night a week.
The five-week course begins on February 6 and runs to March 12, at The Woolshed in Pukerua Bay. Contact email@example.com or 04 293 8346.