Talespinner - Traditional Storytelling
Carl Merry Talespinner
education, Schools, history
I tell stories from around the world to all ages. My repertoire also includes stories from all areas of the British isles particularly East Anglia and Ireland. I have told in many schools in Essex over the past fourteen years as well as in country parks, theatres and village halls for all sorts of community groups and clubs. For five years I performed as part of The Essex Book Festival.
I have given family storytelling workshops in primary schools and village halls. I can work with children to create picture books based on traditional or original stories, or with children and adults to create oral tellings of traditional tales.
Literacy Days, Arts and Book Weeks, single day or multiple visits as part of an ongoing project have all been part of my work as a full-time teller of tales. I am a past director of The Society for Storytelling and have assisted in the organisation of National Storytelling Week.
I have told in theatres, The Royal Academy, Kenilworth Castle, country parks, village halls, schools and churches to adult and family audiences and has been a featured storyteller as part of The Essex Book Festival. In recent years I have also told stories as part of a series of Medieval re-enactment days and weekends.
As a member of Essex Storytellers, I have been involved in creating a number of adult tellings based around the folklore and history of Essex.(The Battle of Maldon, Essex Islands, Tales across the Colne.) “Scratching the Surface”, an adult telling was performed in theatres and Arts Centres around East Anglia during 2005, and in 2007 "A Green Mist rising", the story of the Essex witch trials of 1645 was performed in museums and schools all over Essex.
, creative writing
, Cultural Services
, Local History