Gary Cordingly

Gary has recently moved to Cornwall. With the Gathering in Plymouth and with Gary as a warm and gregarious charcter he is perfectly set to pull together the people who make the buzzy storytelling scene in the South West.

This is a vital roll which I believe we wll look back on with excitement and great respect~gary is a naturaly genuine good guy and will make a great representaive for the Society. 

I am a professional storyteller with a background in street theatre, drama and music. I was based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead, from where I have been telling stories, making theatre and running a wide range of workshops throughout the North East (as well as further afield) for more than 20 years. From June 2016 ~I will be living and working in Cornwall and the South West where I hope to continue and develop my work. I tell all kinds of stories to the widest spectrum of audiences from pre school children to senior citizens, sometimes in the same session. I deliver story making and drama workshops and I also train and mentor others in storytelling skills. I work in schools, museums, libraries and theatres, as well as non conventional venues such as fields, woodlands and railway stations. I have work extensively across the North East region, and also nationally, touring to storytelling clubs and festivals across the UK. I teach storytelling to international students at the United World College in Flekke, Norway.

I have many years' experience of working in schools ,enhancing curriculum subjects for students and training teachers in drama and storytelling skills. I have expertise in sensory storytelling for people with multiple and profound learning difficulties and train others in this through a London based charity called Bag Books. I also regularly deliver workshops for Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books. I am very keen to take storytelling to new audiences and to this end, I run The Storycafé evenings at a number of very nice cafes around the North.