Se­crets to sto­ry­telling un­fold­ing in Pukerua Bay

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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 j.frost-evans@xtra.co.nz or 04 293 8346.

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