Storyteller Directory Entry

Shane Ibbs


I grew up hearing Oral Stories and Nursery Rhymes initially from my Dad and then at Infant school. Some were classic folk and fairy tales, some were local folk tales and legends. My father also told some real life stories and looking back, some clearly made up stories. All three of my children grew up with me reading them Wisdom tales and Folk and Fairy tales. As well as me telling them some folk and fairy tales and nursery rhymes orally. Around 1995 I came across the Storyteller John Row with my children and we were all enthralled by him.  I thought, 'One day I want to do this'. Many years passed, before I decided to do something about it. Along the way, I collected a few more books on Folk Tales and Nursery Rhymes. Then one day I went online looking for a storytelling course, I came across an advert for, The International School of Storytelling, I took my courage in both hands and booked myself on a course. Since that day I have not looked back and have become totally enthused about storytelling, attending many courses and workshops, developing my own way of Storytelling.

I am now  increasingly getting offers to tell stories, in such diverse places such as; Festivals and Storytelling clubs, Childminders, Charitable organisations such as Mencap and Refugee charities, a 'Real Life' story at St Ethelberga's Peace and Reconciliation Center, for adult and childrens birthday parties, Schools, Care Homes, Outdoor woodland based Youth Work programmes, and at an Adolescent Residential Mental Health Hospital, where I told folk and fairy tales and ran a work shop on storytelling. I am also getting invitations to tell Oral Stories at Poetry events. 

I also run my own succesful Storytelling event in Chelmsford Essex. It runs bi-monthly and it is going from strength to strengh. I get a good friendly crowd in and I am lucky to have support from some very good Storytellers that attend regularly.

I also run a Therapeutic Story Group in a school in Essex, with a colleague. The small group of young children, attend once a week for 10 weeks, to work on their own Group Story, with my colleague and I, offering a little guidence. As I am also a qualified Counsellor  I combine my skills to run the Story Group in a Therapuetic way. It has been rated as very sucessful, the childrens feedback has been wonderful.   

If you would like to discuss having me along to tell Oral stories or to run a Storytelling workshop then, please contact me in the first instance on 07709904053, or email me, or Facebook me. Thank you.

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