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 

I have been focussing on some Romanian projects over lockdown.  Congratulations to 'My Name Is Courage' for getting government funding for working with children and their stories of resilience during the pandemic. As their storyteller in residence, I am working alongside visual and performing artists on this three year, nationwide venture, which will culminate in an exhibition in London. You can see me below as I start the project off with a Zoom storytelling session for schoolchildren which happened appropriately on St. Nicholas Day. This took the sad edge off my no longer being FEST (Federation of European storytelling organisations) ambassador for the UK. The termination of this new post came as a direct result of the lack of negotiations by the UK for a cultural agreement with the European Community.

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My Name Is Courage

Another Romanian project involves supporting a  group of applied storytellers. This group of psychologists, therapists and educators uses storytelling in health and educational settings and with people with special needs.

A further applied storytelling project completes its four year journey in Spring with the publication of

'The International Handbook of Therapeutic Stories and Storytelling'

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 Taking bookings for my full length shows for adults :

The heroine of this collection of rarely told Persian tales will delight listeners with her ability to triumph in the face of the impossible

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Sometimes the Other World is uncomfortably close to our own. Who then, will dare to tell its stories?

The manuscript of my latest book 'Myths of Gods and Goddesses in Britain and Ireland' is with my publisher, and will be published this summer. Writing mythology was a new journey for me as the stories are so different in form to folk tales. It also led me to explore the idea of a pan European mythology. My last book, 'Animal Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland' came out in time for our first lockdown, but nevertheless became one of The History Press' best sellers in that series :

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Promoting and extending its readership!

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Artistic Director of 'Spoken World' community storytelling company, we have been funded for our third project with elderly residents in care and nursing homes. A sequel to sister projects,  'Story Share' and 'A Sense of Place', we are at last able to return to residential settings after lockdowns. Whilst focussing on isolated residents we also see our work as supporting care workers and nurturing their relationship with residents after the unprecedented conditions brought about by the pandemic. 

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