Part Two: From life-changing experiences in Ghana to working in all parts of the globe, Katrice Horsley, shares the art of the story teller, weaving her magic with stories of her life as a National Laureate, her work with story lovers of all ages and in wide-ranging settings from schools to prisons, from small villages in Ghana to prestigious national conferences and to… WellTree’s back garden.
Part Two covers an extravaganza of topics from ‘The Wisdom of the Grandmothers’ of Britain and Ghana, including tales of rogue testicles and errant husbands, and the theme of stories as entertainment for adults! Forest Schools, risk & resilience, language development in our children, schools and cultural differences & similarities are all explored. The significance to emotional well-being of the currency 'real' emotion in stories for children of all ages – babies to eighty years+ and the vital importance to everyone of living life to the full with passion, passion, passion…
National Storyteller Laureate, Katrice Horsley, entices, persuades, cajoles and entrances us with stories of her life and experiences as one of the most influential women of our times. Her passion for bringing the ‘endangered’ art of storytelling to as many people as she can means that she has stellar national and international commitments but she finds time to join me in a Conversation to explore what makes her ‘tick’!
Katrice Horsley started life with a speech impediment that caused her to become a selective mute. However she was stuffed full of stories and love by parents and family, she states that this is what causes her hips and bottom to be so abundant! This head full of imagination and narrative turned out to be the main way she survived and flourished when her family security disintegrated and became troubled and painful.
She believes she is living testament to the power of stories in creating emotional resilience within children and adults alike. She now uses stories in development work, performance and education.
“I am extraordinarily ordinary but have a great passion for life and living. I believe everybody has a story that needs to be witnessed, the secret is giving them a means of communicating it and that is not always through speaking!"