"The value of offering history as story is that it will linger in the minds...long after the telling...once students take history into their mouths and bodies, once they put on and feel its emotions, they no longer remain passive memorizers of facts" M. Gillard (1995) Storyteller, Storyteacher...p.120
Maureen James has been providing engaging, informative and entertaining historical storytelling sessions for heritage sites and family audiences since 2001. A former Director of the Society for Storytelling, and a member of Equity, she also has enhanced CRB clearance and Public Liability Insurance.
She wears period costume and can perform in an authentic tent equipped to 'living history' standard. See the gallery for images.
As explained in the biography section of this site, her current repertoire is suitable for all ages and covers a two historical periods, the first being her specialist subject at undergraduate level, the second, the subject of her Ph.D
- Medieval tales
- Victorian Folk Tales
For performance requirements click on the category link on the right
"your stories ROCK "
Young lad after family stories event
"Thankyou for making our event extra special. We have had many comments from children and adults all expressing their delight at the stories"
School PTA after storytelling at a medieval fair
Past Storytelling Engagements include:
Ayscoughfee Hall, Lincs
Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight
Bridewell Museum, Norwich
Chepstow Medieval Fair
Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon
Denny Abbey & Farmland Museum, Cambs
Dunham’s Wood, March
Ely Cathedral & Ely Maltings
Giant’s Hill, Rampton
Gloucester (Through the Ages)
Moyses Hall, Bury St Edmunds
Nassington Prebendal Manor, Northants
St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church
Stonea Iron Age Camp, Cambs
Tullie House Museum, Carlisle
Wandlebury Hill Fort
Wisbech Castle and Museum