Storytelling for English Language
We live in a time where our deep, rich english language is being lost bit by bit, like the many species that are becoming extinct in the world around us. My work endeavours to infuse a word hoard into the minds of children, with which they might better express themselves, but that will also evoke a rich tapestry of imaginal capacity and relationship with the natural world. I tell stories that bring to life the history, folklore and landscapes of the North York Moors and Coast.
Author Robert MacFarlane reported in 2015 that: "For several years the Oxford Junior Dictionary has been dropping words that have been losing currency amongst children. Words like conker, bramble, acorn, kingfisher, and many others. This is indicative of a society where children are losing touch with the natural world, and experiencing less and less outside. Words allow us to give things names - from emotions to birds, plants and animals. Without the right words we cannot name, love, or - ultimately - save them." https://www.lostwordsforschool... MacFarlane's book "The Lost Words" is now considered an essential for schools throughout the country.
Many children now suffer from what has been termed 'Nature deficit disorder'. We are inextricably linked to landscape and without a meaningful connection with earth and nature, we wither and ail, something in us becomes impoverished. Whether outside on a walking tour, ghost walk, or sitting indoors and hearing stories, Rose's use of language brings alive the rich word hoard of nature, reconnecting the audience with a world of wild magic and deep spirit. Stories connect children with use of language, with deep listening, with their own creative imaginations and with their environment.
“The children love Rose coming in to school and she is booked now to come in regularly every term. The children are always asking, 'when is the storyteller coming back?' She delivers stories based around topics that the children are studying. This not only gives them another perspective on the subject but also enables their listening skills, widens their vocabulary and assists the teachers to embed their subject knowledge. I heartily recommend her to other schools.”
Caroline Spencer, Headmistress, Sleights Cof E Primary School