National Storytelling Week

Storytelling can be found enriching lives everywhere. The sharing between teller and listener empowers, feeding the imagination from one generation to the next.    (Society for Storytelling.)

Between 30 January and 6 February storytellers, reading clubs, libraries, schools and public venues around the UK take part in National Storytelling Week. This nationwide celebration shows how stories allow us to share ideas and experiences, entertain, educate and inspire people of all ages. Storytelling is popular worldwide and is an important way of preserving cultural heritage and bringing people together.

This year National Storytelling Week will be very different, however Merton Library Service will be hosting a range of activities and resources online.

Merton Heritage Service has also compiled this page of films, children's resources and online displays to celebrate stories and storytelling. We hope you find it interesting.

Words and Pictures:

Click on the links below to access films on the subject of stories and storytelling.

How stories shape our mind

How Stories Shape Our Minds

A Whiteboard History of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling -TED talk

The Fisherman Storytelling TED talk


Neil Gaiman writing tips

Writing Advice (Neil Gaiman)

Writing Tips (Stephen King)

Margaret Atwood's Writing Tips

How to Become an Author (JK Rowling)


Taffy Thomas storytelling laureate

How to Tell A Story

Taffy Thomas, Storytelling Laureate

Life Story Jar (Tutorial)




Histories and Literary Merton:

Click on the links below to hear or read extracts from the life stories of Merton residents.


Cricket Memory

Housing Memory

Work memory

Cinema Memory

Memories of Mitcham Fair


Colliers Wood Library 1940s

Literary Merton Quiz

Quiz Answers



Merton Remembers ( WW1 stories )

Family war stories (WW1)

Home Guard memories

A Family in World War II

Evacuation and war work




Useful Websites:

Click on the links below for advice about reading, writing and presenting stories.

Society for storytelling

Society for Storytelling

Storytelling events (NSW 2021)

The Book Trust

The Reading Agency


Merton Libraries reading group


Merton Libraries Reading Groups

Wimbledon Book Club

Short Story Writing Tips

National Centre for Writing

Writing Advice


I love short stories

The Short Story

The Story Campaign

Find a Storyteller

Storytelling Training & Workshops



Children's Resources:

Click on the links below for filmed storytelling, craft activities and writing tips.


Anansy & Mr. Dry Bone

Stories from Africa

The Boy Who Wanted a Drum 

The Rabbit & The Tortoise

Polish/English Storytime


Pie Corbett storyteller

The Papaya That Spoke (storytelling)

Gingerbread Man (storytelling)

3 Little Monkeys (Save with Stories)

Storyteller Videos



Junior Jackanory

Jackanory Stories:

Harold and the Duck

 The Last Cowboys

The Big Gun

The Princess and the Unicorn

Odd Dog Out

How to Make a Story

How to Make a Story

How to Make a Story (Pt 2)

How to Make a Story (Pt 3 )



Michael Rosen

Tell a Story with Photos

Tell a Story with Puppets

Tell a Story with Animation

Performing Stories ( Michael Rosen)


Story cube

Story Challenge of Twists & Turns

Make a Storytelling Cube

Make Puppets for Storytelling

How to Make a Story Bag



For more heritage resources, visit our History Pages & Activities section.