The Natural Storyteller
For teachers, children and all natural storytellers, with story maps, brain-teasing riddles, story skeletons and adventures to make a tale your own.
The book is a seed packet, full of dynamic story seeds. When you read a story seed, you plant it in yourself, unleashing courage, creativity and love of nature.
True stories of environmental heroines and heroes, botanical tales of living trees. Stories gleaned from the treasures of world traditions, but re-visioned for sustainability and today’s child. Adventures between birds, animals and people. Fairytales from the forest and true tales of sea, earth and sky. Some so good readers will retell them at once. These stories inspire wonder and service for Mother Earth.
Georgiana Keable is a storytelling pioneer from the UK and Norway. She launched the Norwegian Storytelling Festival with guests like Princess Marthe Louise and the minister for the Environment. In 2002 she started The Storytelling House (Fortellerhuset) with storytellers from three continents. Georgiana loves stories reflecting our relationship with nature
Georgiana puts on her tattered cloak and walks outside onto the Pilgrims way with hundreds of teenagers each year.
A second annual adventure for 14 year olds is based on Thor Heyerdahl in his house by the sea. She also tells In role as the botanist Marianne North to 1000 teenagers every year at the site of the Viking ship burial in South Norway. She also walks, sleeping in a hammock and collecting stories from strangers about how people and nature are connected. She has told at festivals in India, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iran, travelling overland or sea as much as possible. In 2015 she received the Oslo Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Art in Oslo.
‘To protect our planet, in this hour of chronic need, we have to completely re-imagine our relationship with the natural world and its wondrous diversity. Storytelling plays a crucial part in that healing process, especially for young people, as Georgiana Keable so beautifully and powerfully reveals in The Natural Storyteller.’ Jonathon Porritt CBE, Forum for the Future‘
The book is life affirming. All of its stories are about taking delight in creation. But what makes her book unique is that her years of working as a storyteller give it a sense of adventure and fun. She knows how to talk with children. She is chatty and engaging. The book is a journey into storytelling as well as story. She understands that once a story is learnt it actually works its way into the nervous system. It becomes part of you.’ Hugh Lupton, award-winning Storyteller
A life of dedication to nature, storytelling and young people courses through the pages of The Natural Storyteller. It is written with intimacy, information and chock full of good stories and creative reflective activities. A wonderful and needed resource for children in today’s world.’ Laura Simms, leading US storyteller and author
The Natural Storyteller is a gorgeous heart-warming book full of stories that children (and people any age!) can relate to. It is a collection of stories, carefully gathered over a period of years, from all over the world. What steals my heart about this book is that it unflinchingly addresses the turmoil and realities of life in the 21st century. This book is that rare thing: it unlocks emotions, ideas and a wild surge of creativity. Imelda Almqvist, Paganpages
This beautiful new book, offers a vibrant invitation to embrace a world of stories about animals and plants-and our relationship with them. I especially like how this book is more than just a collection of stories, there is so much scope here to really dive into the tales and to experience and practice an ancient skill. The stories are timeless, appropriate for a wide age range, and offer an oasis of calm amidst the fast paced society of today, perfect for sharing and as a means of reconnecting with our environment. Luse of Adventures with Monster
‘On a cold winter’s night, I found myself running out into the world through Georgiana’s storytelling. I wasn’t the only one. My companions, world-leading climate scientists, swiftly followed. There is something so wonderfully comforting about listening to a story – Comforting and challenging – stories have so much to say to us, if we would but listen. In an increasingly fragmented world, suffering the impacts of climate change, stories bridge divides and bring us back together. Let Georgiana’s stories open your eyes and ears once more. A glorious anthology that grounds our feet in the roots of the earth and opens our hearts to each other.’ Professor Ros Cornforth, meteorologist and Director of The Walker Institute for Climate System Research
‘The Natural Storyteller is testament to the grace, mystery and joy that have always animated our human relationships with the earth. The stories in Georgiana Keable’s brilliantly chosen collection welcome us back into that special space and place, in which hearts, minds and spirits know we truly belong.’ Dr Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre
This collection of short stories encompasses enthralling tales from India, Scandinavia, Africa, Russia, Afghanistan and England and include story maps, story skeletons and riddles alongside each tale to aid the narrator’s memory in the retelling of the tales. Extension activities are included so would be useful for teachers, librarians or forest school leaders. Reading through these stories I was struck by their simplicity, warmth and compelling characters.’ Kate Haines for Greenfinder
‘Georgiana Keable has written a gift of a book that will help teachers, parents and anyone who loves good stories.’ Kevin Avison, Steiner Waldorf schools fellowship
‘The Natural Storyteller is a brilliant book for young people, but it doesn’t end there. Anyone interested in storytelling as an art form, but doesn’t know how to get started, would find this an excellent place to begin. I can very much recommend it for anyone starting down the Bard path. It’s an uplifting read that will leave you with a sense of possibility and optimism — something I think we could all do with right now.’ Nimue Brown, Spiral Nature Magazine