Abbie Palache

 

“My name’s Abbie and I’m a storyteller.”

I remember the first time I spoke those words – it was at a family wedding and it was four years after I had told my first story at the School of Storytelling. It was at that moment that my path through life changed. Although I had told stories in the cosy warmth of the storytelling hut, it was this “I am” moment where I challenged myself to walk the talk – I was going to be a storyteller.

My first love was the human voice – the immediate impact of tone, volume and the taste of words as they come to life in the mouth. I spent the first part of my life as a drama geek; my hand would shoot up involuntarily anytime a teacher asked someone to read the textbook aloud to the class and I performed in every school play. This led me to study acting and directing at Goldsmiths University where I discovered my passion for teaching and education.

 By the summer of 2008, I was a fully trained secondary school teacher and had attended my first storytelling workshop. Working with teenagers and young people, sharing my love of the spoken word and with dreams of inspiring the next generation, I spent five years working in various high schools and special education institutions.

In June 2012, I was offered the opportunity to follow a dream and work with The International School of Storytelling. 

I now work to bring storytelling and traditional stories to children, young people, adults and communities of all kinds.   

Storytelling is not reading aloud, or reading from a book. It is not a polished performance, rehearsed and directed to an audience whose faces are lost in the darkened theatre.

Storytelling brought a joy, experience of the now and a kind of connection with an audience - whether in the classroom, a museum or in the storytelling hut - that I had not experienced before. It is such a simple art form that brings great joy to those who hear and tell.

Since first speaking the words “I am a storyteller”, I have experienced for myself the power of storytelling in schools, for teenagers, for sceptics and cynics, for community and for the individual.