Spinning a Web of Creativity
During my performances and workshops I enjoy creating and improvising new stories with students and adults.

I find that a group will usually enjoy helping to create a new story if I tell them a story or two first. It is even better if one of those stories has been the result of an improvisation with a earlier similar group.

Creating a new story is such an active process. Participants need to be able to listen, follow a story, understand the story and story structure, select an appropriate development, express that idea to the group in an enthusiastic and clear way and adjust their expectations as the story develops and changes. Being part of a group development of a story is a positive, empowering experience.

I love helping people about their own country, their own places. Often I'll say to an audience, "Would you like to hear a story from the city or the country?" Often they will prefer the opposite to their own place of residence and I'll select a story from the country or the city that I've created with another audience and tell it to them. Afterwards, I'll often say, "That was pretty good story but I reckon we could do better. Do you think so?" If my audience are children they'll say "Yes!" and we'll start off on the process of creating our own story.

Many of these stories stay in my repertoire and are told in different places around Australia. Many of them get published here on my website or on my blog - austories.blogspot.com .

One of the spinoffs from the web2 developments is the ability to embed Google maps or street views of story locations into the publication. This is adds to students involvement and sense of pride in place. Here's a couple of examples from a recent Book Week trip to Emerald in Central Queensland ('Sam and the Shipping Container' 'The Sleeping Drag Line' and 'The Gruesome Hand') and a day at Guardian Angels School in Wynnum (Brisbane)

We've been experimenting with different ways to add to our Story Mapping process to make it a more useful educational and community cultural development tool.

Mean while, here is a selection of some of the many stories I've created with different age groups for you to read and retell.

Stories from and for preschoolers and infants

Stories from and for primary school students

Stories from and for secondary school students

Stories from School Projects a series of storycreation projects in city and country schools

Stories from Library Projects
Campaspe Regional Library Service Storytelling Tour January, 2004 (Echuca, Tongala, Kyabram, Rushworth and Rochester - Victoria)

Stories from 'Sweet Stories in the Pop' project with Radio Lollipop at the Mater Childrens' Hospital in Brisbane.


Stories about Storytelling

Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to experience a similar story creation process at your school, preschool, kindergarten or even birthday party.

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Daryll Bellingham, Storyteller
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