“Naomi is the best storyteller in the world!” – sensible review from a student at St. Oswald’s Secondary School, Glasgow
I find storytelling to be pretty magical in its simplicity. Since moving to Scotland in 2011, I’ve learnt to connect my contemporary performance training to the oral storytelling tradition. I’ve learnt to honour the low-tech, eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart roots of storytelling.
(My storytelling often crosses over with the world of ‘theatre’ – you can find more info about the theatre work here – though of course, arguably it’s all theatre, or it’s all storytelling!)
I tell tales for/with all sorts of audiences, in a mad array of contexts. Here are some organisations I’ve worked with as a visiting storyteller:
With young people: Arts in the City (with young people in residential care); Secondary schools across Glasgow, mainstream and non-mainstream; Bridgeton Young Women’s Project.
With children: Primary schools across Glasgow; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; Yorkhill Children’s Hospital; Historic Scotland (in a castle!)
With tiny people and even babies: Wee Wednesdays at The Burrell Collection; Imagine Lab at The Village Storytelling Centre; nurseries tour with Scottish Book Week.