Word of Mouth has been a huge part of my life since its first manifestation as 'Stories at the 8th Day' founded by Alan Sparkes in 1995, and I became part of the organising team in about 1998, along with Clive Hopwood, Pauline Bennett, Caroline Noall, and Sarah Race. I have also felt so at ease with the other storytellers who come to our monthly gatherings, and it is a joy to hear stories to by so many talented and inspiring tellers. I am immensely proud of the fact that we still meet every month but January after 21 years. Being involved has given me huge confidence as a storyteller myself, and has been an introduction to an imaginative and creative world in which I now feel very much at home.
Cut to 2019! Honor and I have been running Word of Mouth together for quite a few years now and are delighted to be celebrating the 24th birthday of this wonderful club. I don't know where the last few years have gone, but I do know that they have been filled with hard work, planning, adventures and storytelling of all sorts. When I found storytelling I knew I had found my tribe.
I've performed in museums, cathedrals, medieval castles, festival stages and many more, but one of my favourite settings is this club. I'm a relative newcomer to Word of Mouth, but was made so welcome on my first visit that I knew it was the place for me. I was delighted to join the team with Honor and Helen, and help them run the club for a few years. Recently, I've moved to Dumfries, Scotland, but stay a regular visitor to Word of Mouth, making the pilgrimage every few months and help run the website at a distance. I look forward to enjoying plenty of great tales at the club in future.
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