Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks
Storyworks press Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

International Storytelling Network (RIC)
International Storytelling Network (RIC)


Coincidences, extraordinary encounters - such
stories, Mary writes “move deeper and deeper inside you
until they feel like they’ve always been there, part of the core of your being, the tilth of your earth after raking.”

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"Shemi was a complete delight. It was an object lesson in how to engage children as well as a feast of story for adult ears." - Marion Leeper, Bridge of Tales Storytelling Festival, Cambridge
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"A real gem of a book!"

£8.50 (£10 inc UK p&p)
£8.50 (£10 inc UK p&p)

A Long Run in Short Shorts is the first book published by my own imprint: Storyworks Press. It's a collection of my own personal tales. Some are short, some very short. Some I've told, some I haven't. But I hope these mini-memoirs show how our personal tales are an essential part of how we create the story of ourselves. 

To buy a copy simply click here on A Long Run in Short Shorts and follow the instructions.

An ideal present, you will also be able to request for copies to be sent direct to family and friends.

 
Latest post in my Storyworks Blog
 
Storytelling Starters ~ Spot the common factor

27 ShemiAny storytelling booking obliges you to think. What stories will you do? How might they accord with an overall theme? And how might you relate to the particular audience? All such questions are heightened for me when it’s a booking with children.

This next Monday, it’s to be two sessions at Wolfscastle School, a delightful little North Pembrokeshire Primary school which I’ve visited on several previous occasions. But those occasions were some years ago and by now all the children I saw will have moved on. How will I try to engage my two different groups on Monday? What comments might they make? What questions might they ask?

Planning has been energising. For the younger group, I’ve decided on three favourite stories that accord with the particular theme which, said the headmistress, has been the school’s theme this term. I don’t know if you’ll spot what it is. 

Story One: 

The first story to come to my mind was one of the tall tales of Shemi Wâd, a local storyteller from the 19th century who remained a well-known character in North Pembrokeshire memory at least until the mid-20th century. When I published Shemi’s Tall Tales, I discovered that children – not just here but everywhere - absolutely loved them. One of the tallest and most enjoyable is The Enormous Cabbage. Here it is (in brief):

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And now some news of myself 
 
I'm a professional storyteller and author. I used to experience some difficulty moving from one to the other. By now, I find they enhance each other. My new book, A Long Run In Short Shorts, is a product of both ways of doing things,

A Long Run In Short Shorts consists of 40 short personal tales. Some are stories I've told to friends or on storytelling occasions. Others I have never told. What made me start writing them was an out-of-the-blue email from a woman wanting London stories for an online magazine. Although I wrote back asking what sort of stories she wanted, I never heard from her again. But by then, all kinds of  memories were flooding into my mind - London encounters, coincidence tales, extraordinary people, wise and moving things people have said. The foreword to my book explains why I stopped at 40.

For me, it is extremely exciting that A Long Run in Short Shorts is published by Storyworks Press, the new press my husband Paul and I have created for the purpose. The book embodies one of the strong beliefs which has long been at the heart of my Storyworks philosophy - and my storytelling workshops - namely the value and interest of the personal tale both for us as individuals and as part of social communication.


On the storytelling side of my life, I'm currently developing Burying the Cat, a new storytelling show with, at its heart, one of the most popular stories in my new book of mini-memoirs, A Long Run in Short Shorts. The new show will be a companion piece to Travels with My Welsh Aunt. I may even perform them as two halves of the same evening.

I'm also starting to think about the third Enchanted Evening performances of songs and stories that my husband Paul and I will have given at Peppers in Fishguard, the arts venue with a splendid cafe and delicious food. Paul sings the songs, I tell the stories and David Pepper is the pianist. This next performance will be Spring Enchantment. Our previous two shows have been a great success with our audiences and a pleasure for us to perform! .

My most recent schools visit was to the new Cardiff Montessori School as part of National Storytelling Week. Coming up is a return visit to St Peter's in Hammersmith as part of their Arts Week. Intriguingly, the theme of the week will be Umbrellas with Renoir's painting of same a central focus. My mind is already working on a suitably colourful repertoire for all the classes of children I'll see.

I'd also like to draw your attention to my Storyworks Blog, part of which appears at the top of this website. I publish a new posting each Saturday and it delights me to say that I have subscribers as far afield as Australia and India. If you wish, you can easily become a regular (and free) subscriber yourself - see where to sign in on the blog itself - and I'd be delighted to welcome you there.

For a full list of my publications, including Shemi’s Tall Tales, my children's novels and books on storytelling with children, please click on Buy my books in the menu on the left hand side of this website. There, you'll find full details on how to purchase any of  my titles directly from me

For further information on my storytelling career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award I was given in 2013 by BASE (British Awards for Storytelling Excellence) please click on  Read more about me. And to know more about what I can offer you, whether it's a performance, a workshop or a school visit, please click on What I Can Do For You.
 

And do please contact me if you'd like any further information about my work.   
 
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