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01 April 2014

Let's Ask the Storyteller -- Fiona Herbert

Storyteller Fiona Herbert
"Let's Ask the Storyteller" is a new feature, whereby I ask listeners of my radio show The Teller and the Tale to send me questions to ask of my storytelling guests.

Fiona Herbert is a storyteller, writer and comedienne who performs for adults and older children (from aged six upwards). She also runs storytelling and creative writing workshops. 

1. Who or what called you to storytelling?
The form itself. Its immediacy and connection with the listeners. I enjoy writing, inventing my own tales and my own versions of established stories. Storytelling grants me the buzz of seeing their effect on the listeners, whether they are moved to tears, laughter, a new understanding or a mix of all three. It connects people, and we all need more of that these days.

2.What was the last story you performed or told?
The "Ring of Brodgar" at Aberdeen Arts Across Learning Festival, in front of one of the panels of the Tapestry of Scotland which shows these standing stones. In my version the stones were drunken eedgits who stayed too long at the party. The perils of alcohol...

3. Who is your favourite storyteller?
David Campbell. He can tell beautiful old Celtic tales of love and sorrow, and follow that with a cracking tale about farts.

Learn more about Fiona Herbert by visiting her website www.fionaherbert.co.uk.

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"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

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