Storytelling in Devon and Beyond
Mark has been a professional storyteller for over 20 years. He has performed extensively In the UK, appearing in festivals, storytelling clubs, churches, museums, schools and many other places. His background is in telling traditional tales but has ventured into telling autobiographical stories as well. Mark has also developed and performed around the UK a story about the life of St Francis of Assisi inspired by living for 2 years near to Assisi. Mark’s storytelling journey started, listening to stories told by his grandfather as a child. After a degree in humanities he went into a career in librarianship which eventually led to working as a children’s librarian. It was here that he can began telling stories to children who came into the library and going to visit schools. Then, after training at Emerson College in East Sussex he began to tell stories for a living. In 2003 he was made a “Reading Champion” by the National Literacy Association for his work in promoting literacy through storytelling. He has worked extensively in primary and secondary schools, including a running a storytelling club at Addington High School in Croydon. The storyteller’s life is often as a solo performer, but Mark has also worked cooperatively with others. He was for ten years a member of Weald Stories, a group of 3 storytellers who performed for charitable purposes and raised over £20,000 for different causes. Mark recently attained a MA in Theatre Practice from the Universtity of Exeter. He also teaches storytelling workshops to children and adults.