Sustainability, STEM Equals and Storytelling with Allison Galbraith

In this episode, I speak with my friend and colleague Allison Galbraith.  Allison and I co-wrote Dancing with Trees: Eco-Tales of the British Isles and she has recently launched her book Lanarkshire Folktales.  Allison is a storyteller, student of folklore, voice artist and author.  She has backgrounds as an actor and as a teacher of pupils with additional support needs.  She joined me from her cottage just outside of Lanark in Scotland to talk about how storytelling can help make STEM education more accessible and equitable.  Our conversation took us from her work on storytelling and climate change with local farmers through to a recent project at Culzean Castle where she worked with scientists to create original stories about the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere.

The story Allison shared was ‘The Fairies of Merlin’s Crag’ from her recent book, Lanarkshire Folk Tales (History Press, 2021), which you can find here: https://smarturl.it/LanarkshireFT

More information on Allison Galbraith can be found here: www.voiceandstory.com

Culzean Castle: Dolphin House Outdoor Education Centre: https://www.thedolphinhouse.co.uk

Dumfries House: STEM Education: https://dumfries-house.org.uk/education/morphy-richards-engineering-education-centre

GROWL, Glasgow Region Outdoor & Woodland Learning | Outdoor and Woodland Learning (owlscotland.org): https://www.owlscotland.org/local-groups/glasgow_fei

The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow – The Childrens Wood: https://www.thechildrenswood.co.uk/

photo credit: Finlay Stevenson

Become Aware and Dare to Care, my conversation with Fran Stallings about responding to environmental crises through story

How do stories help people become aware of and care about environmental issues?

How does storytelling support people in daring to take action?In this episode, I speak to Fran Stallings in Oklahoma.  I met Fran through the Earth Up! Festival that she co-organised through the National Storytelling Network in April of 2021.  Earth Up! brought together storytellers from around the world who are passionate about using their craft to help reconnect people to the rest of the natural world and to bring about change in relation to sustainability.  Fran has had twin interests in stories and biology since she was quite a young person.  She trained in biology and taught it at university, before leaving academia to become a full-time storyteller and trainer of storytelling.  She has had a long, illustrious and international career in storytelling.  Currently, she brings together her scientific background and her storytelling experience in writing the Earth Teller Tales column, which is available on her blog and through Oklahoma City University’s Environmentor.  And she hosts the Artists Standing Strong Together online Climate Conversations.  Join me in finding out more about Fran’s work; her aware, care, dare approach to telling; stealth eco-telling and EarthUp! 2022.

Fran Stalling’s website is: https://www.franstallings.com/

EarthTeller Tales can be found here: https://www.franstallings.com/web/Environmentor

The Oklahoma City University Enviromentor page is here: https://www.okcu.edu/artsci/enrichment/environmentor

Watch this space at the National Storytelling Society for more information on EarthUp! 2022: https://storynet.org/earth-up/

Artists Standing Strong Together Climate Conversations can be found on their Events page here: https://www.artistsstandingstrongtogether.net/upcoming-events

With their resources page here: https://www.artistsstandingstrongtogether.net/climate-resources

photo credit: James McColloch

The Three E’s of Storytelling and Ecology with Anthony Nanson

I’m excited about this episode, as it’s the first time ReStorying the Earth has had a ‘scoop’. Storytelling and Ecology: Empathy, Enchantment and Emergence in the Use of Oral Narratives by Anthony Nanson was officially launched earlier this month. I managed to catch up with Anthony last weekend. Here’s the official blurb and the audio file…

What does oral storytelling have to offer in relation to efforts to make a positive impact on our damaged ecosystems?

In this episode, I speak to storyteller, author, scholar and educator Anthony Nanson about his newly published book, Storytelling and Ecology: Empathy, Enchantment and Emergence in the Use of Oral Narratives.

Anthony’s passion for stories and nature informs all his creative work. He runs Awen Publications, a small press that publishes ‘writing that is imaginative, boundary-pushing, eco-conscious, enchanting, and challenging of received wisdoms’. He was one of the editors of the important 2014 book Storytelling for a Greener World: Environment, Community and Story-based Learning. In our wide-ranging conversation, Anthony explains the importance of embodiment, the energy of performance and the role of enchantment in healing the rift between people and the rest of nature.

Storytelling and Ecology: Empathy, Enchantment and Emergence in the Use of Oral Narratives is published by Bloomsbury and can be ordered here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/storytelling-and-ecology-9781350114920/

For a limited time, listeners can purchase the book on Bloomsbury’s website using this 35% discount code: GLR TW7 (or, in the Americas, GLR TW7US).

To find out more about Anthony Nanson and his books, check out these links:

https://nansondeeptime.wordpress.com/

http://www.anthonynanson.co.uk/

https://www.awenpublications.co.uk/anthony-nanson

Storytelling for a Greener World has been re-issued as Storytelling for Nature Connection and can be ordered from Hawthorn Press:https://www.hawthornpress.com/books/storytelling/storytelling-storytelling/storytelling-for-nature-connection/

The Society for Storytelling can be found here: https://www.sfs.org.uk/about-the-sfs