I am Tony Cooper, a full-time storyteller who has, in the last thirty-odd years shared tales with TEFL teachers, Jungian analysts, policemen, colleges, radio listeners, Women's Institutes, street children in India, nuclear physicists, prisoners, French sage femme (midwives), Danish college lecturers, businesses and passing strangers.
My telling is responsive, improvised and draws upon old tales flavoured by the participants’ reactions and imaginations. I lean heavily towards oracy and memory; writing was a rare necessity at the 'Practical Storytelling' courses that I taught for the Workers Education Association.
Storytelling offers many benefits to society. All ages and levels of education are catered for; traditional tales are international and timeless in their simplicity yet touch on universal emotions. Laughter, always a powerful learning tool, is almost inevitable. The listeners change the story; they become an integral part of the storytelling and as such they are so much more than observers.