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Storytelling and Fairy Tales Course

Tutor: Joanna Gilar
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start date: To be run in the Autumn Term

Calling all those with a love of old stories, and a desire to explore the art of storytelling. Join us for a six week course exploring the magical art of the fairy tale. We will learn about the multiple facets of the stories, and experiment with drama, performance and oral narration to become tellers of the ancient and ever-changing tales.  

What does the course cover?

Each session will be dedicated to a particular fairy story, from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty to Baba Yaga. We will explore their weird and wonderful histories, their often shocking alternative versions, and their relevance today.  Art and creative writing will be used to allow us to dig deeper into the magic of the fairy tale, but the primary craft practised during the course will be storytelling. Each participant will have a chance to develop their skills at oral narrative, telling both individually and with a group, both spontaneously and as a prepared performance. The course will develop skills in voice, drama and performance, as well as knowledge about the fairy tale form.

Who is the course for?

The course is relevant to anyone with an interest in fairy tales and storytelling, whether long time folk reader or curious beginner. No previous experience is necessary, but a willingness to play and have fun with the stories is essential. Relevant for all backgrounds and ages, it is a course that provides space for you to think differently, creatively and independently about these ancient building blocks of folk culture, and opens a door to fluency in the language of the fabulous.

Who is the tutor?

Dr Joanna Gilar has a PhD in fairy tales and ecological storytelling from the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy. She is currently teaching Folk and Storytelling at the University of Chichester, and working with Sharon Blackie to develop teaching for the Hedge School.  Her recent publications include The World Treasury of Fairy Tales and Folklore (Wellfleet Press, 2016). As a professional storyteller she has been running storytelling and creative writing workshops for ten years, and has performed stories and poems across Europe. She is passionate about telling stories that reconnect us to our places, open us to our others, and re-embed us within our world.


Fascinating content and well paced exploration of subject.  I really enjoyed the weekly exercise built up naturally to final storytelling exercise.  Really supportive environment as well.  Would love more related courses.

Fascinating content.  Just the right amount of personal challenge.  Excellent facilitation from the course leader.

I felt each week offered a new and enchanting path into the world of storytelling with different approaches and ways into the story.

Well structured, well lead, tapped into creativity and memory.  A different way of seeing stories, learn't a great new skill.  Lovely course-mates.

Teaching and facilitating was wonderful and really encouraged.  A safe, fun space.  It's really opened up my creativity and confidence.  Thank you!