I tend to slow down the amount of out and about storytelling sessions and workshops during the darkest days, I'm still regularly in schools, nurseries, training and delivering Living Voices sessions for older people, but just a few less than when I have the sun on me...I'm also preparing for a big Spring tour of schools in China with Pana Wakke more on that here: http://www.panawakke.com/amandaedmiston
I've also been making storyteller dolls with my elder daughter, housed amongst herbs, each with their own story in a vintage tin, these little treasures are available on my Etsy site here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BotanicaFabula?ref=search_shop_redirect
I've been working on two or three long term projects over 2017:
-The Grow 73 Nature Trail intergenerational project is into the next phase working with the brilliant community gardening group and fantastic sculptor Rob Mulholland to create the story inspired trail is something I'm really excited about with the trail ready to launch hopefully just after Christmas. You can follow the progress here: https://grow73naturetrail.wordpress.com/
-A Kist in Thyme has also emerged! The artwork created by some of the groups, the handwritten stories and photos from the project has just had a fantastic month on exhibition at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh we've had some awesome feedback and it looks like it'll be going to a couple more major venues in 2018, so do keep in touch if you'd like to get the chance to see it and hear the stories! Students from the schools and headteacher Lindsey MacNair have helped every step of the way, a really great example of how creative storytelling can enhance learning and engage students and the wider community. Take a look at the blog if you get the chance: www.botanicafabula.co.uk/apps/blog/categories/show/2116560-a-kist-in-thym
-There are a few other things about to flourish too and big things planned for next Spring, so do catch me on facebook and I'll keep you posted: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaEdmistonBotanicaFabulaHerbalStorytelling/?ref=bookmarks
Very Warm Wishes Amanda xx
These are some of the types of places I regularly story-tell in and the people I tell stories to, click on the pictures below to find out more!
Storytelling sessions and creative literacy workshops in Education Settings
Amanda delivers bespoke storytelling which compliments the curriculum and is designed to raise attainment in literacy and inspire children to be creative with schools and nurseries across the UK.
She has also created sessions for The National Literacy Trust and The Scottish Ballet Education department. She has PVG membership (enhanced disclosure) to work with children and regularly attends training sessions with 'Children in Scotland' to make sure her practice meets current recommendations for practitioners working with children and young people.
Amanda is listed on the Scottish Book Trust's website so you can apply to them for 'Live Literature funding' to help fund a session from Amanda with your class, school or other group in Scotland.
Gothic Fairy tale performance for grown ups
Botanica Fabula performance
storytelling pieces are
Fairy tales for grown ups: Stories are often told in collaboration with musician and songwriter Louise Cairns.
An evening of live music and dark, dreamy and humorous tales. We have had sell out shows at The Secret Herb Garden in Edinburgh and Glasgow's Tron theatre, with 'Atropa nights: tales of dangerous plants, wilful women and the men who loved them' and 'Witchcraft'.
Historic Herbal Stories and Tales full of flavour for events and venues
A former student of herbal medicine, with background which includes running award winning hotels and restaurants, Amanda loves creating sessions which share stories about food and plants. Amanda holds comprehensive public liability insurance with Equity.
Amanda loves creating bespoke sessions, workshops and new work designed to add a dimension to family events and promote engagement with heritage venues, museums, gardens and other projects.
Reminiscence stories workshops and sessions with older people
Amanda has spent 4 years working on the Living Voices project a collaboration between The Scottish Poetry Library and The Scottish Storytelling centre. As one of the facilitators on the project she delivered sessions using reminiscence, storytelling, poetry and song with groups of older people in residential settings across Scotland and trained care staff and librarians to use stories and objects to facilitate reminiscence.
Amanda also wrote stories and sessions for use as part of the project and delivered training sessions encouraging and empowering carers to use these skills with residents in daily life.
She continues to work with older people and adult groups as a freelance artist using storytelling to promote creativity in later years, enhance emotional well-being and encourage social connection.
Living Voices is currently in its third stage but enquiries for venues seeking future sessions as part of the scheme or businesses interested in being funding partners should get in touch with Lilias at The Scottish Poetry Library
Writing and collaborations with musicians, visual artists and Community arts projects.
I also love collaborating with education and outreach departments, restaurants, scientists...really I am genuinely excited and inspired by other peoples ideas, for details of some past project and for ideas of how we can work together please get in touch!
In addition I have contributed a number of short stories to published collections, have written for museum exhibitions as part of the 26 writers collective, guest blogs and magazine articles. If you feel my work would look great in your publication please give me a shout, click on the pic above for links and examples.