Kindling the Joy of Learning through Storytelling

16 September 2018, BKK Kids

Westoryteller is a group of professional storytellers seeking to motivate, inspire and kindle the joy of learning through stories. They have been involved in international storytelling festivals and storytelling workshops in Thailand.

“Everybody loves an interesting story, it’s part of being a human. We’ve become accustomed to ‘tuning-in’ to a story since a young age,” says the group’s founder Khun Lek. “This began with our parents and was further engrained through education. Storytelling has been used in various business situations, like deals, advertising, correspondence… The best sales representatives are incredible storytellers. Storytelling is a fundamental and natural way to enhance communication and connect with listeners.”

How did Westoryteller Thailand come about? WeStoryteller began in 1996. Based on a personal interest, Khun Lek was reading about international storytellers in a local newspaper, so she reached out to Ajarn Wajuppa Tossa, the only international storyteller in Thailand at the time. Khun Lek asked whether the group could host a storytelling camp, and Ajarn Wajuppa simply said, “Yes”.

“That’s how it began, the storytelling camp grew bigger and evolved into the International Storytelling Festival, partnering with a university and a parents’ group.” Westoryteller has since collaborated with more universities, mostly in the South and Northeast of Thailand, to present a English Storytelling Camp & Workshop for Teachers and Students, facilitated by international storytellers. They have also participated in a number of international storytelling festivals such as “Once Upon a Time” (2013), “Earthcare” (2014), Mama Good Food (2015), “Rice is Life” (2016) and “Happily Ever After” (2017), which was a celebration of multiculturalism.

“Apart from the business side, storytelling can be used as an effective medium for touching people’s hearts; it’s used to establish a connection with people on a personal and emotional level. Therefore, stories are a natural part of life, giving meaning to our activities, legitimising our decisions and summoning our sentiments,” adds Khun Lek.

Upcoming Events in November & December 2018

Their latest production is “Magical Roosters & Annoying Fairies”, which will take place on Saturday, 17 November 2018, from 4pm to 6pm. Audiences (families with children ages 5+) can expect a fun afternoon comprised of stories and a storytelling workshop with an award winning author and professional storyteller from the US, Dr. Margaret Read Macdonald, who has authored over 60 books. Participants will leave ready to retell the stories; parents will learn how to talk with and teach kids through stories, making the reading experience more interactive and engaging. There will also be face painting, food and drinks.

Places are limited to 15 families only, so book tickets online now (VIP Early Bird is 2,500 baht until 30 September 2018, and a General Ticket is 3,000 baht from 1 October to 16 November 2018). The venue is Into the Woods Cafe near Phayathai BTS station in Bangkok. For more info, please contact WeStoryteller through Facebook or via email at westorytellerhome@gmail.com.

Also, coming up on 1 December 2018, the group will host a storytelling & board game event called, “The Medici and the Story of Pizza.” Hear the stories of The Medici family who had a major influence on the growth of the Italian Renaissance and the legend of pizza. The venue is Kopi-O Board Game Café, Sukhumvit 39. You’re invited to join the board game and stories party – come connect with others while having fun listening to stories, and use your strategic thinking skills to solve problems through board games.

 

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