Ken Shapley has been telling stories professionally for ten years now and believes that storytelling helps us appreciate both our citizenship and independence, giving us a sense of awe and wonder for life. His greatest loves are stories that help us explore the mysteries of life and give us insights into other cultures. He has a gentle and enthusiastic presentation style; his performances encompass a wide range of story types, creation myths, wisdom tales of native peoples, wonder tales and stories of faith and personal growth. He supports his stories with musical instruments including Medicine Drum, Gongs and Didgeridoo which children and adult alike find spellbinding.
He is a firm believer in the power of storytelling, both as teller and listener, to help us develop a broad understanding of our wonderful world and to learn, through enjoyment, how to use our gifts of communication, creativity and imagination to the fullest. Often performing with his wife Mio, who is from Japan, performances or residencies can be tailored to suit schools/venue needs, including story creating games, guided visualisations, songs, dances and artistic projects evolving from the stories.
Ken was born in 1964 in Wales, his parents are Scottish and he was brought up in England. He undertook professional training at Emerson College in their three month residential course, The Craft of The Storyteller 2003 and in 2004 he received a Millennium Award through Community Foundations Scotland to offer storytelling, art and Japanese Tea Ceremony to Edinburgh schools in a three month project with his wife.
He has performed in schools, lecture halls, community centres, museums and around campfires in England, France, Canada and Japan to audiences of five years old and above.
Ken also specialises in phototography and image editing to create digital stories with students, either for slideshows or as part of mentoring young writers in crafting stories and collaborating with his library of photographs to illustrate their stories for print on demand books.
Here is a short slideshow story celebrationg the mystery and magic of Roslyn Glen. All the light images are taken in the Glen.
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