Sharon Jacksties Storyteller

By telling stories we make sense of our world.

Stories are keys that unlock all cultures.

Storytelling connects us to our past and enables us to imagine our future.

Sharon Jacksties tells stories to audiences of adults, young people and families.

Her dynamic and versatile performances draw on stories from all over the world.

Interpreting the wisdom of traditional material for contemporary audiences, her repertoire includes tales that have rarely been heard in this country.

Tel: 01458 259553                   Mob: 07881486833

sharonjacksties@hotmail.com

 

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Current Projects 

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Let's celebrate World Storytelling Day! 

Back in Feb. 2020  I was appointed English ambassador for FEST (federation of European storytelling organisations) www.fest-network.eu and I wanted to make more of International Storytelling Day, which seems not to be very well known about in this country.  Our first lockdown put everything on hold whilst people got to grips with how to manage storytelling events online. Meanwhile the Society for Storytelling www.sfs.org.uk gave me a seed funding grant which I wasn't able to use at the time, but which I have put towards celebrating World Storytelling Day 2021

Consistent with the international theme, I also wanted to celebrate the fact that FEST has now appointed 5 ambassadors and to share with the other participating countries a feature which is particularly strong in the UK storytelling landscape - that of our 100 or so storytelling clubs. These run according to different models: some consist of monthly story rounds with a combination of amateur and professional tellers, some provide performances from exclusively professional storytellers, some have a mixture of both. Whatever their format, storytelling clubs are a vital resource for creating audiences and providing a forum for performance, community and applied storytelling and the dynamic interaction between these forms. The event on the 21/03/21 will be in the format of a storytelling club, and each participating country has been invited to provide 2 tellers. They could be professional or amateur and, to celebrate their host country, have been asked to tell at least one story from home.

Now taking bookings for my latest full length show for adults

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Celebrating her latest book 'Animal Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland' published by The History Press in Feb.2020

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Promoting and extending its readership!

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Developing my new role as 'English Ambassador' for Fest  

(federation of European storytelling organisations www. fest-network.eu )

promoting oral storytelling and networking between organisations. Looking forward to celebrating World Storytelling Day with online events Europe -wide on 20/03/21

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Artistic Director of 'Story Share' and 'A Sense of Place', a series of projects bringing storytellers to residential and day care settings for the elderly throughout Somerset. Supported by the The National Lottery, 2 residencies also trained storytellers to work with vulnerable elderly people  - and care workers to use storytelling with their residents. The projects culminated in the creation of a storytelling calendar in which each resident  featured on their page of the month. We included their own stories and where possible the traditional stories, poems and songs that had been shared with the group. During this period of restricted visiting to care homes, Arts Council England and Wassail Theatre are supporting my work in transferring these sessions online.

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Co-editing 'The International Handbook of Therapeutic Texts, Stories and Storytelling' for Routledge, Kegan Paul,

contributing a chapter entitled 'The Body Politic' about my therapeutic storytelling practise with torture survivors and an anthology of world wide traditional stories addressing therapeutic issues 

Taking bookings for ‘The Grasshopper of Fate’, a collection of rarely heard tales from ancient Persia, in which a woman’s enigmatic advice ensures that the impossible happens on a regular basis.