Nicky Rafferty

Nicky is a profesional storyteller living near Newark. She is developing a new phase for the SfS by working on a pilot scheme called FRIENDS OF THE SOCIETY.

In eccense there are many many people who are facinated by what we do as storytellers, and they see what a difference we make to their children when we do a school visit, to patients in a hospital, to performance telling and times when we visit their local park and entertain whole families, even when they don't speak english. We cross barriers and bridge bounderies and when someone says to you

You do what? You tell stories~For a living!!

well its not easy you might say, but its very interesting and the people I meet...

Well its those kind of people Drawn into our world, passers by on the pages of our lives where we lift the written words and give them life and emotion over and over again. We engage with them, they are entranced and then they want to know more, to understand 'How do we do that?" I saw the effect you had on my children, my gran...it made me remember the way it used to be...

and you say...wel we now have this thing called the friends..Over a cup of tea I can explain what I do, why I do , how I learnt, the real stories I have learnt on the way...  Where can it happen? well, your sitting room, quite corner of the garden... Yes we have some info to help you, ideas and ways...raise a little money, The SfS is a charity you see...and there are many young people interested, and we want to help them to know how to do this..so I can come along.

Nicky and I both think that the Friends of the Society idea will develop quite naturally and maywell be very different from one place to another.

What we want is to spread the word, to help people really understand what we do, why we love it, why its so magical, sometimes life changing...well we could talk about it for ages...but ...I could do with a cup of tea, do you have earl grey? I'll just tune up some instrumenyts while your putting the kettle on...Oh you didn't know I use instruments...well plenty of storytellers do...I'll tell you why when your friends arrive, or should I tell you now....