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By Taffy Thomas, MBE — Storyteller

Taffy Thomas reveals why the oral storytelling tradition will always have a place in society and in our schools

Taffy Thomas

Taffy Thomas, MBE

The oral tradition

Before Caxton, Marconi and Baird, people communicated and entertained each other through the art of storytelling. The very word ‘history’ derives from ‘his story’. Add to this the rich canon of myths and legends, and almost every hill, land feature or field will have a name linked to a local tale.

Storytelling is perfect for promoting cross-curricular activities

Jokes are an important part of the oral tradition, for after all, good jokes are stories (although not all good stories are jokes). So, too, are dilemmas and riddles, which can be a great way to relax and involve an audience and introduce a story. I often introduce the story of the battle between the sun and the wind with:

I've got no wings but I can fly
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