Storyteller, Poet and Performer working across England and Wales with different age groups and in a wide range of settings. Carol has been involved in creative education for over twenty five years and has a colourful repertoire of ways to explore the world of the imagination and to encourage self expression. Her writing workshops can include art activities, movement meditation, drama, music and voice work. She runs regular storytelling and storymaking workshops in Herefordshire and leads CPD sessions for Early Years, Forest School and Primary School educators. She also provides coach-mentoring sessions for individuals and organisations.
Carol writes and performs pieces with an evocative blend of fairy tales, myths and poems that explore the delicate connections between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Her work is lyrical and dreamy but also powerful and mysterious. She often works collaboratively with musicians to deepen the resonance of the poetic images.
In 2016 she held poetry and creative writing workshops for the Ledbury Poetry Festival's Community Programme with adults from About Face Theatre Company and Red Spark Learning in Leominster. In September 2016 she will help out with the Spark Young Writers' Group (Writing West Midlands) in Ledbury.
Recent Performances and Publications
“Watchers of the Skies” with Simon McCorry at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Leominster Festival. 2015.
“The Woodcutter’s Tale.” The story of a simple woodcutter who lives in gentle harmony with nature and how his open-heartedness brings precious gifts from a tree faery. Illustrated with black and white reproductions of hand printed linocuts by artist Adrienne Craddock. Designed, printed and published in Hereford in 2011.
Work in Schools
Since 2005 I have worked in many schools across Herefordshire and the West Midlands including the following commissions:
"Synthetic Worlds (Skytops)"- exploring the piece by Ruth Claxton with a group of primary school children. March and July 2013.
"A Thousand Ghosts." A commission from Meadow Arts to devise a storytelling project with a local school exploring the sculpture by Mariele Neudecker sited on the banks of the River Wye. March 2011.
“Chinese Bronzes.” Compton Verney, Warwickshire. A five day FS/KS1 Storytelling Project. April 2008.
Creative Partnerships and Brays School, Birmingham 2007-2011
Carol worked collaboratively with pupils, staff and artists at Brays School in Birmingham from 2007-2011. Brays is a primary school for children with complex needs and was involved in the Creative Partnerships programme . It became a School of Creativity in 2009. An introduction to our work on inclusive Drama, Storytelling and Creative Learning Environments was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 2010. A DVD “And so the Forest Sang” was also produced and included a story co-written with and narrated by children from the school.
Carol has attended many specialist courses to deepen understanding of the creative process and its role in learning and development.
Post Graduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching. City of Birmingham University
TMW Training (Tai Chi Movements for Well Being.) A course in leading gentle movement sessions which support well-being and fosters creativity. 2014.
Forest School Practitioner’s Level Three Award. 2012-2014.
Psyche and Soma. A part- time training with the Sesame Institute leading to a certificate in dramatherapy. This work focused on the transformative energies of images within stories and can be used in therapeutic settings and is also a way of nurturing creativity. 2008-2010.
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