Claire Hewitt (Story Teller and Harpist)
As a Professional Storyteller the heart of my practice focus's on connecting communities through the Oral tradition of storytelling. With the support of Pitlochry local community, we created the Storytelling Yurt for the Enchanted Forest 13 years ago and have shared a story with over 20,000 people so far!
I have been involved in developing Story based educational/interpretive resources for Historic Scot-land,The Forestry Commission; RSGS ; Trees for Life; Silver Branch community storytelling Pro-ject; Plantlife Scotland; and therapeutic story work in hospices, hospitals and special schools; and Living Voices Project. I am presently working for PAMIS developing a Sensory Story Box for Peo-ple with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Stories spellbind, enchant and take us on a magical journey together. Gathering families in the
Storytelling yurt and sharing a tale is for me one of the most wonderful things humans can do!
On Saturday 29th October, I will be sharing the Storytelling yurt with my Finnish Storyteller and Rune singer Anna-Maria Toivonen. Anna-Maria lives in Turku and has years of experience in her field and is a tradition bearer in Finland of their ancient culture. She and I have been collaborating on creative storytelling projects for over 6 years and have developed a unique multi lingual way of telling, weaving our two languages together in one story. We will be retelling a magical Finnish crea-tion tale in the yurt for this night only as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 'Dare to Dream' programme.