The art of storytelling

Bringing people together through stories

David Healthfield is an international storyteller, teacher trainer and writer of educational resources. 

In December 2012 British Council Nepal joined forces with David to organise a series of storytelling workshops for students and teachers. 

David appears at major conferences and festivals as well as at more intimate events in Britain and around the world. He tells stories from the world’s oral cultures with passion, skill and a belief in the power of storytelling to bring people together.

A rare opportunity to learn the art

The response to the workshops in Nepal was tremendous.   

One of the parents who attended the student workshop with his daughter said

“The session was an eye opener. Though I tell stories to my daughter every day I never had the understanding that it was an art. My daughter really enjoyed David’s session and I got to learn a lot by listening to David. By adapting to his style, I think I can tell stories to my daughter in a better way now. Thanks to British Council for connecting us with David”.

The teachers group was similarly enthusiastic about their experience.  They enjoyed the “rare opportunity” to learn something totally new and understand how storytelling can be used to help children learn about different countries and their cultures.

Watch videos of David's storytelling sessions in Nepal

Watch David tell the Nepali folk tale Bundar Bahadur Pun 

Watch David tell the English folk tale Lazy Jack

Watch David tell the Chinese folk tale The Island of the Sun

Watch David's workshop for teachers

 

Read press articles about David's storytelling sessions in Nepal

Read more about David's experience of delivering storytelling workshops in Nepal in The Himalayan Times and The Nepali Times.

Learn more about David

David Heathfield is an experienced workshop leader for teachers and storytellers with varying levels of experience.  He is the author of the educational resource book ‘Spontaneous Speaking’ and many practical articles on creative approaches in education. His main interests are in student creativity and celebrating cultural diversity, especially through storytelling, drama and music.