2020 was a year of highs and lows. From January to March I was blessed with lots of storytelling in schools across both pre, primary, secondary and special needs schools and had the privilege of performing stories and creating stories stories with young people. It was a busy, but fulfilling time and I also had the great pleasure of telling stories at family events, including for the first time, the wonderful Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesey.
As a freelancer I never take work for granted and always feel blessed for every enquiry that translates into the job I love doing. However, in these busy periods of work there is little time to reflect. When the pandemic put the whole world on pause, it gave me a chance to take that time for reflection.
What I have learnt over the past year is just how important the work I do is to both me and the young people I work with. I have always been passionate about working with young people creatively and I now realise that is in part because their creativity fuels my own creative energy. It’s a difficult thing to verbalise, but to see a child’s imagination fired up is the spark I need to continue creating.
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in this process for over 25 years working with story both as a storyteller and drama practitioner and I have missed it.
I have recorded stories for both my YouTube channel and as part of a transition project for an academy of schools and I’ve participated in live zoom and Facebook storytelling sessions for families. These have all helped give some focus over the past months and I’m very grateful for all those who have supported me during this time. It has been a steep learning curve to move my practice into the virtual realm and I’m still learning. It has been in turns both fascinating and frustrating and I can’t wait to get back working in a physical room performing and creating with young people and their families.