Claire Hewitt has always looked to travelling and tribal peoples of the Earth for inspiration, and it is their tales, myths, and legends she tells, interwoven with song, and music from her Celtic harp, drums, cow horns, singing bowls and bells. Folk tales from the Siberian/Scandinavian and Mongolian peoples – magical encounters with moon men and sun maidens, talking deer and humorous giants, snow and the promise of spring. Passing on stories from all traditions, spinning the yarn and weaving the tale for all ages to experience, take with them and share, Claire is committed to continuing the rich oral tradition.
She is equally at ease working with babies to the elderly and because of her extensive experience within the arts field is able to create specific projects and workshops incorporating story, song and crafts. Fine Arts and Art therapy trained, Claire has worked within the arts field with children and adults with special needs for 25 years and also within the mental health, prison and literacy sector, both at home and abroad. She has also worked professionally as a musician, teacher, voice therapist and community artist. Claire is devoted to her family and is a nana to two wee-uns, who get to hear the stories first.
Claire grew up on the banks of the River Weaver in the heart of Cheshire. Her father was a boat builder and semi-nomad of the Irish and Scottish Seas whilst her mum grew vegetables and flowers and tended to her growing family. Watching her parents hands at work, toiling with the soil and creating beautiful clinker wooden boats was Claire’s childhood inspiration and stories and songs were always shared. After training in Fine Arts Sculpture in Yorkshire, she then went to Kenya to live with a nomadic tribe the Pokot. This led to her life-long passion of learning from the nomadic peoples of the world the wisdom and beauty that these people carry in their songs, stories, crafts and culture and their respect for the Earth on whom we depend.
Highland Perthshire is now Claires’ base. Over the past 2 years she has committed herself to building strong foundations for Storytelling in the local remote rural schools and communities creating with a Felt Artist a project called ‘FeltStory’. She has worked on a series of Storytelling projects for Historic Scotland at Stanley Mills; National Library of Scotland; Artlink Central; Stirling Royal Infirmary Acute Childrens and Day Ward; The Bridges Project; The Enchanted Forest; Forest Education Network; The ScottishStorytelling Centre; Aviemore Reindeer Centre and one off Storytelling events/residencies around Scotland, Arctic Circle and Bulgaria.
Claire is happy to tell in the classroom, community and special needs centre, in a wood, by the fire or round the kitchen table after a hearty meal. She is devoted to encouraging young families to share tales and songs, journeying together with Brownie the Cow and her Grandma Katies magic Copper Kettle a Storyspace workshop created for under 5’s with their carers which can be delivered anywhere! She tells animal stories, wonder tales, travellers tales, folk and fairy, silkie and sea yarns, sad/silly/stupid stories, tales of love and loss, and World Myths and Legends.
Claire is also able to deliver Storytelling Training Workshops for teachers, educators, and people working in special needs, mental health, therapeutic and family services.
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