PLAYING WITH STORIES with Priscilla Howe

  • 22 Feb 2021
  • 19:30 - 21:00
  • Online

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PLAYING WITH STORIES

22nd FEBRUARY 2021


Date: Monday 22 February 2021

Time: 7.30pm to 9pm (Singapore time)

See: https://tinyurl.com/HowePlay for the time in your time zone. If the timing is not convenient you can opt to receive the recording.

Cost: SGD$5 for FEAST members (FOC for Young Storyteller members)

SGD$10 for non-members

Are you ready for some fun? Come  and learn American storyteller Priscilla Howe’s favorite story stretches, songs and games, for a wide range of ages. In her more than thirty years of storytelling, Priscilla has gathered a large repertoire to use with children from kindergarten through high school, including fingerplays, story songs, improvisation games, writing exercises, general silliness, and more. Some, such as the circular story, “A Dark and Stormy Night,” are good for those five-minute gaps between other activities, as well as teaching how to use emotional expression in storytelling. Others, such as the movement song “Standing Like a Tree,” are designed to calm and ground wiggly listeners. Writing games such as “Exquisite Corpse” teach a very clear story structure, and are ridiculously fun for high school students.

In this 90-minute workshop, Priscilla will touch on what works in storytelling in terms of child development. She will discuss how story games fit visual, aural and kinaesthetic learners, and how to adapt the games for diverse audiences. She’ll teach new games as well as remind you of some you may have forgotten along the way. Priscilla will leave a bit of time at the end of the workshop for sharing and for questions. A handout will be available after the workshop, reflecting exactly what Priscilla covered.

ABOUT PRISCILLA HOWE

Priscilla Howe has a gift for sizing up audiences and delivering a whopping good time. She tells a mix of stories from books, world folktales and her own stories, most served with a generous dollop of humour.

Priscilla began her professional life as an academic librarian, but soon realized that she wanted to work with children. She made a career swerve to a public library, where she learned to tell stories. In 1993, after five years of being a children’s librarian, she decided she was ready to jump into storytelling full time.

Priscilla lives in Lawrence, KS and travels the region, the country and the world (14 countries on four continents, and counting) with a bagful of puppets and a headful of stories. While her main bread and butter comes from telling stories to children, she also loves telling to adults. Her program Grimm for Grownups has been listed in the Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau since 2018. During COVID-19, she has been hosting story times every weekday on Zoom and offering workshops on story games, puppetry, telling folktales and more. When it’s not a pandemic, she performs at schools, libraries, festivals and literally her own backyard. 

Priscilla’s collection of folktales, Clever, Kind, Tricky and Sly: A Bulgarian Folktale Sampler, gathered during a 2015 Fulbright Scholarship in Sofia, Bulgaria, will soon be published by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers. She offers a subscription to bedtime stories for children on Patreon, (https://www.patreon.com/priscillahowe) with a fresh folktale uploaded every week, followed by a calming invitation to sleep. You can find out more on her website, www.priscillahowe.com and on her YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/PriscillaHowe  

In 2019, Priscilla received the National Storytelling Network International Story Bridge Oracle Award. Priscilla also is a co-chair of the Youth, Educators and Storytellers Special Interest Group of the National (US) Storytelling Network.

Priscilla is also searching for the best restaurant pie on earth (fruit, not cream).



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