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 on the first Friday of 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 2016! Honor and I have been running Word of Mouth together for quite a few years now and are delighted to be able to celebrate the 21st 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'm delighted to have joined the team with Honor and Helen and look forward to enjoying plenty of great tales at the club in future.
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