National Storytelling Week

storytellingNational Storytelling Week is a holiday dedicated to the art of storytelling — and language and literacy in general — across the UK. Most of the associated events took place from January 30 to February 6 in 2016.

National Storytelling Week has ties to World Storytelling Day, which takes place on March 20. The celebration originated in Europe and generally features festivals, story slams, workshops, and other events in countries around the world. Most of the events take place in February and March, though many occur throughout the year. National Storytelling Festival in the US, for instance, takes place annually in October.

Oral storytelling predates the printed word, as human history began as oral history. Even before early civilizations passed down tales through poetry and song, our prehistoric ancestors may have told each other stories around the fire. Besides being possibly as ancient an art as cave painting, storytelling trains children in sequential thinking, listening comprehension, and creative imagination — tools they will need for the rest of their lives. Although this is particularly important in a child’s early years, everyone, young or old, can benefit from and enjoy storytelling, both as storyteller and listener.

Founded in 1993, the Society for Storytelling promotes National Storytelling Week and the craft of storytelling in England and Wales. Participation in National Storytelling Week can be as simple as revisiting stories from your childhood, passing along your favourite stories to others, or create new stories of your own. One way is to read up on traditional fairytales and then come up with a new way to tell an old favourite. Many schools, libraries, museums, and private organisations participate in National Storytelling Week by hosting “meet an author” events, performances such as spoken word and plays, and even activities centred around works such as Harry Potter.

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More often, there comes a time for us to give a present to our loved ones and friends and it may be difficult task if they have specific interests which are well known to us. It is always advisable to give a dear one a present or gift that will beat suit their personality without emptying your pocket too much. For instance, a story teller may fancy some things that are not all the rest may like as a surprise gift. The internet is full of possible options – sites like this or this offer some great presents. The possibilities are endless but… you may want to stick to our suggestions:

For story tellers, get them gifts like Books. It is a fact that good story tellers, readers and writers fancy books as they are constant readers and getting them a perfect book may just work. However, one must be sure to get a book that is enjoyable and that the story teller will be thrilled and enthusiastic about it.

Get them great books like the Smith Classics such as “It all changed in an instant, I can’t keep my own secrets”. These are definitely top among their category and will instill good stories on the story tellers so that they do not run out of their funny jokes.






Voice recorder
A voice recorder will also do for the story teller. This will help them to perfect on the art especially for rehearsals. They are also very modern and digital as the new voice recorders allow up to a maximum of 2000 hours of recording. They can also wo9rk well with the computer as they can be directly connected. Emailing and archiving of the voice recorded files is also made possible with the recorders.






Writing tools
For the writers, the best surprise gifts for them would be some writing gear and tools that will help them as they write manuscripts for their great works. This include things such as Moleskin notebooks which are very durable and in addition to that they are very soft.






Notecard and Journals

You can also get them notecards and journals. This will be a great motivation for their new original work. Another good present for them would be a gift card to the this great organization, your loved one will be able to access a galore of stores of books, music and craft all over. This will help to support their imagination as artists.
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