Turning to Meet the Storyteller

ANZPA Journal No 17, Dec 2008

Recently I spent two idyllic months on a canal boat in France. I kept my connection with my children and grandchildren by writing stories for them to read on my return. The themes that emerged were to do with self-sufficiency and transformation.

Growing up in Ulster, steeped in the mystic world of faery and as the eldest child and grandchild, I became a caretaker and storyteller for my younger siblings and cousins. It is the relational aspect of storytelling that has enabled me to re-invent for myself the psychodramatic role of storyteller. It has been a way of responding to the overdeveloped caretaking roles from a new and more vital perspective. And it has been a way of maintaining and strengthening those relationships that hold significance for me. To continue to meet and develop the storyteller, I am required to reveal myself through the stories, and through sharing them to continue to enter the realms of the imagination.