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Storytelling and Creativity

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So often, when people find out what I do for the first time, they say:

“But I could never do that!”

And they really believe this! It’s rarely a child who will tell me that they can’t tell a story, most often it’s an adult. One who goes to meetings, deals with the bill that got left at the bottom of the pile, explains why a deadline will be missed, makes us laugh when we see them. Very intelligent, creative adults choose not to recognise how important their own creativity could be every day in their own and others’  lives.

Why do we devalue the kind of everyday creativity that can enrich our lives?

Listening to Sir Ken Robinson speak on how we are stifling creativity in our children is both funny and inspiring.

Ken Robinson creativity in education

Where does storytelling fit in with all this? Apart from it being very clear that Sir Ken Robinson is a very gifted and funny storyteller himself, of course!

“When people say to me that they are not creative, I assume they just haven’t yet learnt what is involved,” (Robinson, 2011). It’s even simpler with stories. When they say they can’t tell a story it’s because they don’t realise that they do it all the time. Just being human makes everyone of us a natural storyteller.

At its most basic level storytelling is a functional skill which supports our personal development, (Grove, 2009). We need to construct a narrative every time we face a problem. Our ability to remember the consequences of the actions we took to resolve the problem and to convey these to others is fundamental to human communication. It is these simple steps that also lead us into rich imaginative worlds, full of possibilities.



Now, it’s time to be honest. I am a new blogger and I haven’t worked out where this is taking me. Every day, I come across ideas that just cry out to be explored – that’s just what happens when you work with traditional oral storytelling. So instead of my rather static website I thought I would explore the possibilities of blogging. Having mastered some of the magic of Word Press this blog is now live so, welcome and please leave your comments below.



Learning to tell, a handbook for inclusive storytelling, Nicola Grove 2009. BILD publications

Out of Our Minds, Ken Robinson 2011. Capstone Publishing Ltd.