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Award winning storytellers help divorcees

Storytelling is a healing art and stories can be heard all around the UK during this National Storytelling Week, which was conceived in the year 2000 AD to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral storytelling.

National Storytelling Week It is held during the first week of February every year, and at least one of those storytellers, Madeleine Grove of East Sussex, is going to be also performing at a unique and unusual event in Brighton on 15 March 2009 – the first UK divorce fair.

“Stories speak to us in a direct way” explains Madeleine, an award winning storyteller and registered homeopath practicing in Kent, Sussex, and London. “We absorb truths, teaching, and healing effortlessly when we hear a story.  That’s why the great teachers have always used them. “
The Society for Storytelling was set up to promote the oldest art form in the world. “Storytelling is at the root of every art form: we think in story form, make sense of our world in narrative – from something we’ve seen – from last night’s television, to what family and folk stories we remember and retell.”

The Starting Over Show, the first event of it’s kind in the UK, will be visited on March15th by people going through life changing experiences including divorce and relationship breakup. The show’s creator and producer Suzy Miller is a keen fan of storytelling and has herself attended some courses at Emerson College in East Sussex.

Suzy agrees with the view of the Society for Storytelling that: “Performance storytelling can be a powerful experience, both entertaining and moving. Story is also the traditional medium of communication from generation to generation, a tool for education and therapy.”

Madeleine Grove’s work as a homeopath has enforced her belief of the healing effect of stories on adults as well as children:
“In my clinics I find stories so valuable. A patient who may be struggling with health issues can often see the images in a simple tale that can illuminate their own life. For instance? well – there is a Scottish story of a fisherman who found a mermaid and took her home – took off her tale and hid it – years later the mermaid/wife finds her wondrous tale again – puts it on and dives back into her element, back into the sea – never to return to the heart-broken man… A little story like that can open up the imagination and give someone a safe way to look at what ‘parts of themselves’ were left out of a marriage or a relationship and how that may have contributed to the break-down of the partnership.”

Throughout the S.O.S. day at the Old Ship Hotel not far from Brighton pier, Madeleine will be joined by at least one other storyteller relating tales to illuminate each of the Stages of Relation Breakdown Recovery – Starting Over Stories.

In 2007 the seventh year of National Storytelling Week there were 1,040 events held throughout the country.

To find out more and secure tickets for the Starting Over Show go to: http://www.startingovershow.co.uk, or visit the SOS Village resource site at
www.sos-village.org.

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Contacts:
Suzy Miller 07825 222 404 suzy@startingovershow.co.uk
Featured in Sept 08 issue of Eve Magazine
Suzi Christie/Blueberry PR suzi@blueberry-pr.co.uk 01435 830031

High quality photos/images and case studies are available on request

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Suzy Miller (featured in September 08 Eve Magazine) is the creator of the Starting Over Show, an event designed to give people going through relationship breakdowns access to a wide range of resources and specialists who can help them break up without breaking down. The SOS event takes place at the Barcelo Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on 15 March 2009 and will include a workshop with Divorce Doctor Francine Kaye and a talk by Daily Mail columnist Anna Pasternak (Daisy Dooley Does Divorce)

Starting Over Show

The Starting Over Show will be held in Brighton at the Barcelo Old Ship Hotel on Sunday 15 March 2009. It is the first UK event designed to help people bounce back from relationship break ups and life crises. It will be a safe haven in which soon-to-be singletons can take professional advice to build the confidence and skills they need to go it alone. The philosophy behind the show is useful information, honest communication, personal transformation.
www.startingovershow.co.uk

Suzy Miller has also created an independent, non-commercial online resource hub – the SOS Village http://www.sos-village.org which allows people to access a range of resources and to share personal stories to help them through a break up.

Madeleine Grove is an award-winning storyteller – winner of The Golden Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2007 for ‘Psyche and Eros’ – a storytelling and musical extravaganza*.

For further information about Madeleine’s work and up-coming workshops in England and Crete visit www.madeleinegrove.com

Society for Storytelling http://sfs.org.uk

The Society for Storytelling was set up to promote the oldest art form in the world. Storytelling is at the root of every art form: we think in story form, make sense of our world in narrative – from something we’ve seen – from last night’s television, to what family and folk stories we remember and retell.  Performance storytelling can be a powerful experience, both entertaining and moving. Story is also the traditional medium of communication from generation to generation, a tool for education and therapy. The deaf community carry their stories in the palm of their hands and write them in the air. For visually impaired people, storytelling is a natural accessible medium that stimulates all the senses of the imagination.

The Society for Storytelling seeks through National Storytelling Week to give all elements of the tradition their voice.

National Storytelling Week was conceived in the year 2000 AD to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral storytelling. It is held during the first week of February every year.

This week was chosen because it is not too close to Christmas and coincides with Candlemas, which falls on the 2nd of February. Part of the rituals for this old church festival includes a blessing on the throat, a prime tool in the store of nearly all storytellers of every belief and culture.

The first publicity for National Storytelling Week is issued now to national and local media in the late spring. This allows for teachers and others who perhaps need a greater length of time to prepare their ideas for events. Other Press Releases follow in late summer and early winter as the build up grows. Indeed throughout the months of December and January each year the Society for Storytelling is deluged with post and emails of interest and participation in this rapidly growing national event. In 2007 the seventh year of National Storytelling Week there were 1,040 events held throughout the country.

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