Jacqueline Harris moved to Scotland in the summer of 2012. She has worked as a professional storyteller since 2000. She tells folktales, myth, original material, historical stories and personal stories, with a particular love of wonder tales, quirky tales, ghost stories, and stories embedded in local landscapes. She is fascinated by the interplay between our lives and the stories we tell.
Jacqueline works happily with all ages from 5 to 105. She performs stories, creates stories and facilitates workshops and courses for museums, galleries, schools, festivals, theatres, arts centres, parks, stately homes, hotels, colleges, universities, bookshops, and out in the community.
She also trains professionals in education, environmental groups, museums and galleries helping them to develop ways to use story and drama in their work.
Collaboration offers wonderful opportunities for exploring new ways of working with stories and Jacqueline has worked with painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians and film makers. She is currently working on a touring exhibition with a group of visual artists that will focus on contemporary responses to Lancashire folktales and will include audio material, live performance, sculpture, painting, ceramics and animation.
Before becoming a full time storyteller, Jacqueline was Head of Drama in High Schools for 17 years. She still loves to engage children and adults in exploring stories and storytelling through drama based workshops and courses that encourage their own storytellers to come out to play. At the centre of all her teaching is the belief that stories are at the heart of what it is to be human, and that we are all creative storytellers whether in our personal lives, our work or on a stage or platform. Stories are everywhere.
She also writes stories. Publications include a collection of reworked folktales, ‘Let the Giants Live’: a finale to a large storytelling project across North Cumbria, a historical ghost story to accompany a sculpture trail in Darwen and an illustrated story for 3-5 year olds: ‘Stan’s Accidental Adventure’, commissioned by the Museum of Lancashire. She has also written articles on local folklore for magazines.
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