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Pig Tales!

pigsIt was the last playday on Friday. Threatening rain and wind almost blew the tents away at the beginning but then changed to breezy and cheerful. It was the turn of the pigs! One silly pig from India who thought he would challenge the tiger to be king, one very sensible pig from Danemark who did not want to get fattened up to become bacon and a stubborn piglet from England. This year has been a good one for building up stories. I reckon that I have added almost twenty new ones. Of those probably five or six will settle down to become regulars.
I am still telling stories to those who want them rather than at set times and this has largely gone well. Smaller audiences with some good listening. The last telling was interesting as it was almost time to pack up when one girl asked for a story, suddenly there was an audience of fifteen! Another factor is the people who are listening on the fringes and again those who are aware of the fact that stories are being told. Certainly audiences and outdoor events is a curious affair!


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Cow tales!

We were working on a cow theme at the Clyst Heath Play4Free day. Jo was making potato cows and I was telling cow tales.

It is interesting how stories will expand or contract depending on the audience. Over the 3 hour session I must have told the Punjabi story 50-50  5 or 6 times and each telling changed emphasis and content. It is a good way to get a feel for how a story can work and which are the best ones for a particular time. It is good catching the parents as they listen alongside their children. 50-50 was joined by an Irish Tale of cow rustling by a the one eyed giant Balor, the lying cow of Nigeria and the Cow and the Tiger from India in which the love of the cow for her calf conquers the hunger of the tiger. Sometimes a stories message is clear and other times it lies hidden waiting for discovery. 50-50 certainly generated the most discussion with its theme of  fairness!

Pigs and oats next time in Exwick on the 28th August for the last of the Play4Free events.

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Trees, leaves and cows!

I am glad to be here. Lots of images and words and re-organising however this blog is now published and the real projects start.

I am off to West Town Farm tomorrow to work with a group of children on story telling and leaf identification.  It is always good to be in the circle of trees planted down in Easterbrook at the edge of the copse. I wonder how many of hazel trees will have nuts?


Friday is an Exeter City Council Play4Free event at Clyst Heath. This time the theme is cows. There are some good stories to be told, one from India about a cow and a tiger and another from Ireland that explains why a group of rocks look just like a cow and her calves.

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