The oral tradition of Storytelling was one way to pass on information and history, and to teach life lessons to the next generation. Storytelling in schools is a fantastic and fun continuation of this tradition.
"Each time I walk into a class or theater, I know the experience for me and the pupils will be unique.
I thrive on the experience of capturing the attention of hundreds of lively young children and
introducing them to my traditional craft"
As an experienced and charismatic entertainer, I can build an instant rapport with my audience, presenting the stories in a relaxed and humorous way, to engage the interest of your students and teachers.
It's not only about entertainment, but education and personal growth as well. Children remember things best when interested and involved, and in this way we succeed by making the storytelling experience interactive and bringing context and meaning to the information presented.
I can provide storytelling sessions, residencies as well as fun and interactive workshops tailored to fit in the educational curriculum. Not only is it exposing students to the cultural tradition of storytelling, but becoming actively involved and engaged in telling has proven to positively impact the learning ability of children. This is one of the reasons storytelling experiences in schools is important.
Storytelling is such an adaptable craft and therefore I am happy to cater to large audiences or more intimate groups, to suit your needs.
Calum is a professional storyteller and entertainer, and is registered with the Storytellers of Canada, Tales Alberta and The Scottish Storytelling Center.
"For fans of traditional storytelling, there is nothing to disappoint in this show by master Scottish storyteller Calum Lykan. Stories of dragons, magic, murder and whisky captivate young and old, and the audience can request specific types of stories. Particularly appealing is Lykan's knowledge of folklore generally - the history of traditional storytelling around the world, the historical moments when oral traditions were collected, and the similarities of tales from Europe and indigenous North America. This is a virtuoso performance, and we can hope to see more of Lykan, who has spent the past year telling his stories in Canada."
By Dr Kevin Solez, MacEwan University