Welcome to Spellbinding Stories

by Nickhola-Susanne

Storytelling for The Wildlife Trust

Storytelling in the classroom with Year 1

Who wants a Story? There's Magic in those words.

For people gather where stories are told. Round campfires, at kitchen tables, by firesides, down the pub. Start listening to one and within minutes it’s taken you to a different place. Suddenly, you’re seeing that story’s pictures in your head, hearing its voices in your ear. You’re in there.

Stories possess an ancient alchemy which calms mind chatter, entertains, comforts, warns and teaches. Whether handed down through the centuries or heard only yesterday, they’re powerful living things. Stories can be read in books, watched in movies, played out by gamers. But nothing – nothing – beats listening to one being told live especially for you.

Image: Tim Harbridge

Box Concerts Project

My mission’s to help keep storytelling live! So to be asked to take part in artist Tim Harbridge’s terrific Box Concerts performance project was the best fun I’ve had in years. Not a lot of room in there (yep, it’s a box) but its like a magic Tardis: a Pandora’s casket where anything can jump out at you, and frequently does. Click here to listen to hear the kickass Viking legend of Fenrir, the Wolf Who Swallowed the World – told for the first time ever from the Wolf’s point of view.

‘Nickhola-Susanne and her top classical musicians had everyone spellbound. We cannot wait to have her back!’

Fabio Perselli, General & Heritage Manager, Southwick Hall

'You do magic, Nickhola-Susanne'

Paul Bevan, Headmaster of Our Lady of Lourdes School, Rottingdean, Brighton

'Her audience was enthralled......'

National Trust - Batemans

'Thank you for being so wonderful at our school! You are amazing.'

Annie Noble, Head Teacher at Firle School

'I've been a primary school head for 30 years and had a lot of authors come and read to my classes. But Nickhola-Susanne's the best we've ever seen.'

Head Teacher at St Aubyn's Prep School, Rottingdean

At Southwick. Image: Paul Brown