Are you a victim of a bad experience or a survivor of it? Is there humour -- or pathos -- in the best and worst moments of your life? Can you turn your past into a story that helps other people or, better yet, helps you deal with the future?
Storytelling is an incredibly potent form of psychological framing. The story you tell about yourself has huge potential to change the way you see and think about your life. Every step in telling a story leads towards greater psychological clarity.
Actor Kerry Shale and writer Meg Rosoff will help you discover and explore your important stories, examining the nature of truth, and the fact that every true story is merely a version of reality, unconsciously manipulated to aid or block your progress through life.
For writers, of course, stories are key. But it doesn’t matter whether you’re a writer, an actor, a psychologist, a teacher or a parent – your stories communicate themselves through every aspect of your life. As you examine them, shape them, tell them in public, you’ll discover more about who you are and why others see you the way they do.
Over the course of this weekend, we will listen to each other, comment on, and begin to tease out and shape our stories. We’ll look at the importance of finding an authentic voice, facing difficult places in the heart and mind, and – of course – tackle the fear of speaking in public.
Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and educated at Harvard and St Martin's College of Art, London. She worked in New York City before moving to London in 1989. Her first novel, How I Live Now, has been translated into 28 languages and is currently being made into a film. Her second novel, Just In Case, won the Carnegie Medal. Her fifth novel, There Is No Dog, published in September 2011. Meg lives in North London with her artist husband, daughter and two lurchers.
Kerry Shale is a UK-based actor, writer and voice-over artist. He is married to Suzanne Shale, a former Oxford University law don, now a specialist in the field of medical ethics. Shale’s theatre credits include six solo shows (five of which he wrote) which he has performed in Edinburgh, London, Berlin, Sydney, Cape Town and Off Broadway. Other stage work includes His Girl Friday at the National Theatre, Aunt Dan and Lemon at the Almeida, Lion In The Streets at Hampstead Theatre, True West for Shared Experience, Henry V at the Bristol Old Vic, The Normal Heart at the Royal Court and in the West End, The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End. In addition to writing five one-man stage plays and a number of radio adaptations, Shale has written columns, reviews and sketches for BBC Radio, articles for The Guardian and The Word and a BAFTA-nominated video game Dog's Life. From 2002 - 2004, he wrote and presented Kerry Shale's Listy Show, an eclectic music program on Oneword Radio. He recently read his own short story "It's Chinatown" on BBC Radio 4.
Voewood, built by E S Prior for Rev Percy Lloyd between 1903 and 1905, is one of only three butterfly houses in Norfolk, so-called because of the central body and wings. Built by local craftsmen, the house combines conrete, flint and stone in rich profusion to decorate one of the finest houses of the Arts & Crafts movement.
The house can provide accommodation for up to 32 people in 14 bedrooms. There are 7 bathrooms. The Main Hall is large enough for an event of over 100 people. The large lead-light doors open onto the handsome terrace from where steps and paths lead down to the sunken gardens. The grounds are varied and extensive, and include a rose garden and a walled garden planted with persimmons, greengages, plums, pears, apples and grape vines. Laid out when the house was built, these gardens are Grade I listed and provide a stunning backdrop for all occasions.
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