Introduction to Storytelling and Beyond. A storytelling course for beginners. 10th and 17th September. See our FaceBook page for details.

Two Sundays- the 10th and 17th September. Introduction to Storytelling and Beyond. Would you like to tell stories to your children or grandchildren - or maybe you want to improve your confidence at public speaking in general. Perhaps you'd like, at some point, to tell a story to a group of friends, or even at a public storytelling night. This is a practical course of performance techniques in speaking, communication and imagination. You will develop performance skills and an understanding of how to shape a story, gain confidence to speak with clarity to engage an audience.  On this course, we'll look at a variety of techniques to help you get started. The course will be fun, interactive and challenging, and the first day will cover:  what is storytelling? how do I choose a tale? how do I remember a story? how do I start to bring a story to life?  In the second day we will build on skills acquired and start to think about a variety of performance techniques. There are no prerequisites, this course is accessible to all who are curious and excited about the art of Storytelling.  The course will be run by Rachel Murray. Rachel is a professional Storyteller and has co-run the highly succesful Matlock Storytelling Cafe for twelve years. She has run a variety of arts and storytelling courses for adults and children alike.  The course costs a bargain £40 for the two sessions and £25 for a single session. This is being subsidised by Matlock Storytelling Cafe to spread the joy and pleasure of sharing a story with others. The Cafe also runs an ongoing monthly training group. After completing these initial sessions there is an opportunity to join the group to further develop your skills. The sessions will run on the10th and 17th September, from 11am to 4pm. To book, or any queries- please message us or ring 01629 580023

NEXT CAFE: Friday 1st September- A Mixed Bag.

Remember- We're away in August, we'll be out in a field somewhere harvesting stories that have been nurtured and tended to throughout the growing season.

We return with our Harvest Festival on Friday September 1st.

Resident Storyteller, Helen Appleton and a rich mix of others will entertain, delight and transport you on a flight of fancy. Buckle up your seatbelts!



Matlock Storytelling Café takes place on the first Friday of each month at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock. Doors usually open at 6.30pm with stories starting at 7.30pm. There is always cake of astonishing quality available at the Café along with various hot beverages. It is just fine for you to bring your own booze - it is Friday night after all...

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