About me...

I perform traditional stories, myths and legends from epic tales of love, loss, bravery and magic, to local folk tales of unlikely heroes and clever capers. You're likely to find me telling tales in a community centre, classroom and storytelling club as well as on a story walk, by a children's hospital bedside, on an arts stage or at a storytelling, book or folk festival.
What is storytelling? What does a storyteller do? Here's a short video about me and my work:       
https://youtu.be/4c9LgTcG46Y

My background is in community arts so I've worked with a wide variety of people with a range of needs, interests and backgrounds in small local communities, across cities and in Europe.
I moved into arts project management  with some of the top local community and educative arts organisations including The Arts Council.
 
In 2009 I set up as a freelance Storyteller. I'm part of a thriving Midlands scene and I work nationally. I think engaging the audience in as many brilliant ways as possible is the driving motivation for being involved the oral tradition of storytelling. We are the next generation to speak and listen to these old stories which are told in a way that preserves the heritage but is fresh, interesting and entertaining for a contemporary audience.

 

The focus of my work is storytelling in four children's hospitals  - Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Norwich. I go from ward to ward and tell stories to cheer-up young inpatients, their siblings and families. See my profile at www.readforgood.co.uk

I also often work in schools running workshops, motivating children to read and celebrating World Book day. I also love campfire storytelling onschools' residential camps at Colwick Park and Wollaton Hall.

I've brought storytelling to lots of festival events  such as Moseley Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Festival and at many Nottingham City and County Council celebration days and district play days at local parks and heritage sites e.g. Nottingham Castle and Wollaton Hall. I've performed on the Third Stage at Nottingham Theatre Royal and in Storytelling clubs e.g. in Wales, West Midlands, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. I've also told stories to library reading groups, museum visitors in Stoke,  mental health service users and elders in day care as well as via a Nottingham University  project to reach Yr1 and Reception primary school children and their parents across the City.

Brewhouse Yard museum brought me into train volunteer curators and The National Trust invited me to train walk guides in North Wales. The good folks at Bestwood Winding Engine House asked me to come along to a couple of their Miners and Music/Steam Heritage events to revive the story of 'Oxo the local Pit Pony' as well as tell ghost stories to adult audiences.
I have an enhanced DBS and public liability insurance for £5 million.

Here's a published review of my work:
http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/review--festival-of-words-iii/id/5737

She has launched her new  Covid-adapted digital storytelling business by producing storytelling for business training videos with Nottingham's Real Creative Futures Digital/New Arts Exchange gallery.

She is the organiser of The Magic Story Carpet Family Storytelling festival July 2020.

She will deliver digital storytelling videos for building resilience for children in Summer 2020. They will focussing on how the story itself can gently mirror and present options around tricky subjects e.g. how to adapt to change, use thinking skills to process and adapt to challenges and how to use  the safety and structure of a traditional stories to start a conversation about difficult or scary things

Augut 2020: Amanda plans to run socially distant outdoor performances and story-walks around Nottingham's City and County parks.

 

Register your interest by emailing her on amandastories@hotmail.co.uk