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Brendan is garda-vetted for contact with children, young adults, and vulnerable
Brendan has class-appropriate programmes available for each class at Primary level.
He says: "A local storyteller is a tradition bearer telling stories to the next generation. Indeed, a good storyteller is a provoker of stories in his listeners."
Brendan shows that stories can come from anywhere and encourages comment and participation from all.
He tells stories from other times and cultures, in addition to local stories relevant to the school's environment.
During the class-length presentation he considers with listeners where appropriate: how a story is made: commences, continues, concludes; how a story is told, and extended by adding in detail of time, place, season.
Besides being a storyteller, Brendan is a writer and published author of Phoenix Park a History and Guidebook, The Irish Companion, Barking Mad, Dublin Folk Tales, Wexford Folk Tales, and Wicklow Folk Tales.
His school sessions are very good-value visits where pupils see a live storyteller in action, hear stories appropriate to their age, and are encouraged to develop their own creativity; listening skills, and verbal communication.
The programme works by the participating school agreeing the visit date with Brendan, contact details below.
The school then books directly online through the Heritage in Schools website
Uptake on this offering is steady, so please book now to secure your chosen date.
Brendan offers his skills with a pair of complementary hats: storyteller and published writer.
He has had four books published with a US/UK/Irish publisher; one standard work by an Irish publisher (Phoenix Park a history and Guidebook two editions), another by a London publisher, and one under an independent imprint, giving him an overview and insight into the world of publishing through the eyes of a working writer.
In storytelling, Brendan tells age appropriate stories to his listeners, child or adult.
Through the power of story, Brendan engages listeners as much as possible in the storytelling moment.
Brendan does not read stories to children, which is a different discipline.
He stimulates the imagination through an oral narration of story.
He encourages and guides participation in storytelling through his storytelling workshops.
entertaining storytelling at each level.
Brendan finds that class-size groups work best for school visits. All participants are empowered to participate in such groupings, leaving nobody aside during the workshops.
Semi-circular seating layout is best, either on chairs or on the floor.
In his creative writing workshop Brendan shows young writers how to read published stories for structure and technique. He shows how to put such found knowledge into their own work.
He includes an accessible
introduction to fiction or factual writing; an examination of content
and style; an assessment of plot, theme and character; he suggests how
to find ideas; how to handle dialogue and narrative; and how to write
for print or online social media.
Brendan teaches storytelling
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