A fantastic evening telling Merfolk tales from Trinidad for the William Morris Gallery. Inspired by their ‘Works In Progress’ exhibition, the gallery asked Wendy to share stories of the magical sea creatures and discuss the Caribbean folklore included in her new books which will be published in 2021: Caribbean Folktales and African and Caribbean […]
A fabulous virtual storytelling session for children, organised by Merton Libraries during Libraries Week 2020.
When I began researching and writing stories for my new book of Caribbean Folktales, one of the first things I did was to speak with my fellow Storytellers about their favourite stories from these islands. Pippa Reid who is the London representative for the Society of Storytelling offered to put me in touch with Trinidadian […]
I have often said that I intend to write a collection of African and Caribbean stories for children. My dream was to share some of my favourite stories with the next generation of readers, writers, and storytellers. You can imagine my delight when children’s publisher ‘Scholastic’ asked me to write a collection of African and […]
Word Spun Last night’s Word Spun event was superbly hosted by Hannah Brailsford from Spinning Yarns Theatre. I was thrilled to be asked to take part and join 4 other marvelous female storytellers sharing stories of bold ladies and brave girls. Hannah Need, Pyn Stockman, Su Squire, and Suzanne Arnold told stories with bloody endings, […]
In my first book of Caribbean Folktales to be published by The History Press , I’m writing about a variety of characters who feature commonly in Caribbean folklore. Some of them are supernatural figures who may be considered vengeful spirits or spirits who protect elements of the earth. Others are tricksters in animal form who […]
Wendy Shearer performing Greek myths from Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’. There were over 200 people attending each day during half term to listen and join in with her storytelling at The British Museum. These sessions were part of the ‘Troy: Myth or Reality’ exhibition.
Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham invited Wendy to take part in their 10th Annual Storytelling Festival during National Storytelling Week. In previous years, renowned storytellers Taffy Thomas, MBE, and Sally Pomme Clayton have also visited their school, sharing stories with the entire school and being one of the judges for their Storytelling competition. Wendy was […]
When I began thinking of ideas for my new book of ‘Caribbean folktales’ I knew that gathering the stories would unravel many more stories and memories. Part of my research entails speaking to people from the Caribbean islands. I know quite a few Caribbean folktales that I often tell when Storytelling but for my book, […]