National Storytelling Week

Once upon time…

We have been telling stories for centuries and the activity of sharing a narrative or story has been a social event, whether, for entertainment, educational or cultural purposes- and we all love to hear a good story! The earliest form of storytelling began as a combination of gestures and expressions to convey a situation and in turn trigger a reaction.

Most of us are familiar with the opening line ‘Once Upon a Time’, synonymous with many famous stories which over time have become part of our culture wherever we are in the world. Storytelling is part of human nature.

But what is a story?

By definition a story is;

  • a narrative, either true or fictitious,
  • a report or account of a matter

What makes stories so special?

Telling stories is nothing out of the ordinary, but what makes storytelling special is the way in which the words captivate the audience and takes our imagination through a rollercoaster of emotions. The descriptive words formulate an existence in our minds and become identified characters.

Whether is a novel, or one of Grandma’s stories where she is reminiscing about ‘back in her day’, we continued to be gripped!

This week is National Storytelling Week, the 28th January- 4th February. Why not use this week to share your favourite stories with your family, friends, colleagues.

You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter for ideas about how you can join in with the celebrations.

‘Remember, everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you.  Your story is the one you know best…Once upon a time.’ Society for Storytelling (

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