Whistlewood Flourishing Stories
5 sessions – 17, 24, May, 7 June – 7.30 – 9.30 pm, 14 June 6.30 – 9.30 pm, 21 June 6 – 10 pm.
The first 3 sessions will take place on-line using Zoom followed by 2 live sessions at Whistlewood
Run by Ana Lines, International Storyteller assisted by John Carpenter
About Whistlewood Flourishing Stories
For us stories are like trees, growing wherever and whenever conditions are fertile enough. And, like trees, every story has roots that connect it to every other story; a hidden network of invisible threads, if you like. Through story-telling we can make these threads visible and connect with the each other and the natural world – almost forming a story-telling forest.
The Whistlewood Flourishing Stories course will encourage and help us to bring to life our stories. They could flourish as a poem, a tale, a painting and even a cake. Join us in this creative journey. All you need is to bring your story seeds and let them blossom.
At every meeting your seeds will be fertilised with one aspect of storytelling. We will address legends, myths, tales, real life stories and how to express ourselves through arts and nature.
At the last meeting we will have an artistic harvest to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
Price: £80 with a limited number of concessionary half-price places. Please see our Terms and conditions to see if you qualify.
About Ana Lines
Ana Maria Lines is a journalist, researcher and Storyteller with an international reputation, vast repertoire and captivating style.
She works in schools, festivals, clubs, libraries and events. Her performances and workshops have engaged and captivated adults and children.
She has performed at Festivals in the United Kingdom, Italy, Cuba, Spain, Mexico and Singapore
Her repertoire is wide: from folk tales and myths from Brazil, to stories from around the world.
About John Carpenter
Listening to stories has been part of his story as far back as John can remember: word of mouth, reading, writing, play-acting, radio, film and so on until, somewhere along the way, he became a storyteller himself.
Alongside technical writing, John has collaborated on film and TV projects in Australia, Canada, Spain and UK – scripting stories and occasionally acting in them. These projects were, in the main, focussed on modernising traditional stories without compromising authenticity.
Since retiring John has concentrated on developing storytelling skills through writing, film-making and performing. He’s been a member of three writing groups and delivered workshops, including a creative writing workshop for the Walsall Housing Association.
John is currently a member of Runaway Writers and was a regular at their Spoken Worlds open-mic events until lockdown began, during which time he told a few tales at Word Stafford online events.
He has had stories and poems published in six anthologies including the 2019-20 winner of the National Association of Writing Groups (NAWG) award. In 2014, John had a 10-minute Radio Play short-listed for the Sir Alan Ayckbourn Trophy. The play was a re-telling of a traditional Indian story.