Performance storytelling with a blend of ancient myths, fairy tales and poetry. This creates an atmosphere that is lyrical and dreamy and also powerful and mysterious. Carol enjoys collaborating with other artists to deepen the resonance of story images and develop multi-layered narratives.
“mesmerising, enchanting…words flowing, music rippling, dream making …thank you for the magic.”
In 2014 she began working with cellist and composer Simon McCorry on a piece that traces her American grandmother’s journey across the Atlantic at the end of World War Two. Edna Leigh also embarked on a journey of the imagination which led to the discovery of astronomy in Homer’s epic poems. ‘Watchers of the Skies’ spirals around Carol’s childhood memories, details of her grandmother’s life in rural Kansas, and the discovery of star charts and maps – all interwoven with references to the work of Homer, Keats and other poets.
‘Watchers of the Skies’ was performed at the 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival. In March 2017 Carol and Simon performed the piece at theatre venues around the West Midlands. The show is now touring as a solo performance and incorporates recordings of the music, and a set design by Herefordshire-based artist Genevieve Belgard.
“Stories are about connection – connection to each other, to ourselves and to the world around us.”
Story Space was founded in Herefordshire in 2005 by Carol Florence Graham – a writer, performer and workshop facilitator. Over the years Carol has worked with people from all walks of life and has worked in educational and community settings and also with a range of organisations including technology start-ups, SMEs and charities. She has a deep understanding of stories and storytelling and about developing creative thinking and communication skills. Carol continues to explore the ways that a storied approach can enrich our personal and working lives.
Carol has a BA (Hons) in English and American Literature and has qualifications that have deepened her understanding of storytelling, creativity and holistic learning. These include ‘Psyche and Soma’ (Sesame) – exploring the transformative energies of metaphors within stories, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching. She teaches Tai Chi Movements for Well-Being and writes, performs and produces her own work.
Carol enjoys encouraging and supporting others to develop and use their own voices – both on and off the page.