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Storyteller in Residence

Storytelling has existed for centuries as a traditional form of communication and entertainment in Ireland. Before the written word stories were handed down from generation to generation. By weaving images, narrative and voice together, stories magically transfer deep dimension and vivid colour to characters, situations and experiences.

Over the past four years Julie Duane’s Storytelling Residency has aimed to sustain this rich legacy of oral folklore through the use of rhythm & rhyme, animated language & interactive movement

Since 2005 Julie Duane has been ‘Storyteller in Residence’ within Kildare County Council Library Service. Working across the library network of sixteen branches delivering workshops and performances to a wide variety of audiences including
• Pre school children and their parents
• Outreach service to primary schools where appropriate
• ‘Open’ sessions in large branches
• Working with library staff to programme themed sessions i.e. Halloween, Christmas, Multicultural etc. incorporating local & national events such as Seachtain Na Gaelige, Children’s Book Festival and Heritage Week
• Active age and special needs groups

With over twenty five years experience and a particular interest in Drama in Education the residency aims to promote the craft and skills of storymaking, storytelling and story sharing while

• Building confidence in self expression, developing skills of positive criticism and promoting listening and recall skills
• Stimulating discussion and questioning
• Create a strong sense of sequence – a clear beginning, middle and end – to encourage children’s sense of chronology
• Enabling the development of children’s vocabulary and knowledge
• Appeal to children’s sense of curiosity, their emotions and imaginations, allowing them to emphathise with the feelings and circumstances of the characters described