For many years, 18 to be exact, it has become customary to celebrate storytelling by dedicating an entire week for it. The Society For Storytelling (which was founded in 1993 to support and promote storytelling in England and Wales) has announced that National Storytelling week will take place this year from 28 January until 3 February. It takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes. “Wherever the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breathe of the teller and the ear of the listener.”
The event is meant to promote the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative fiction. It is celebrated by all ages enjoying folk tales, figments of imagination, and good stories in general. An exceptional teller will conjure anything intriguingly and capture the listener’s undivided attention.
The event itself is an opportunity to keep the tradition of storytelling alive and bring the community together, professionals and enthusiasts, and it tightens the bond between the generations. It also aims to increase public awareness of the art, practice, and value of oral storytelling and provides a network for everyone interested in the exchange of knowledge.
We all have a story to tell; what is yours?