Storytelling activity at Pamis has been zipping along at a great pace over the last few weeks. Claire and Maureen have been busy worming on the final stages of the resource being developed in memory of Loretto. Claire is busy putting the final touches to her beautiful paintings for our book, she has been meeting with Genie to plan the layout of the book. The creel has been woven and the boxes planned. We had our final story sharing at Corbenic where we invited Tayberry apprentices along to hear the the final story in the three stories we have chosen for the memory resource.
It was a beautiful day and Ross took the opportunity to play his bagpipes.
Friendships were forged and songs and stories shared in this beautiful setting at Dunkeld. The Corbenic community have also been involved in making some of the resources for the stories in Loretto’s storybox and Monica from the craft workshop joined our story sharing session to hear the story she had developed some items for.
Claire and Maureen worked together this week on the final story for the multi sensory story box on we are developing in memory of Loretto. This is the third and final story in a wonderful collection of three traditional stories that we have made accessible to people with profound and multiple learning disability. Much groaning, singing and fun accompanied the process along the way as we wrestled with rhyme, rhythm and repetition and the essence of the story. We also had a visit from Genie, who has designed a beautiful but practical box for the resource and last week we met with Jane, a wonderful basket weaver, who is creating a traditional creel to carry some of our sensory objects. We will announce our next story and music sharing day soon. We are also excited to share the new Tayberry storytellers logo with you soon too so watch this space.
A picture from Loretto’s 3rd story
On the 19th of May we travelled to Lilybank Adult Resource Centre in Forfar, where we shared the two stories that we have developed for Loretto’s story box. This was another great day and again we shared the stories and songs with everyone there. This time Graeme from Tayberry storytellers joined us and treated everyone to a fantastic telling of Rashie Coat.
Lilybank and storytellers
Graham telling the story
The 6th May saw us returning to Corbenic to share music and stories to celebrate the completion of writing the second story, which is a Selkie story, for Loretto’s story box. We had a great day listening to Claire tell the story and play the harp. Tayberry multi-sensory storyteller apprentice Channing also shared a story with the group. The sun shone and we had great fun building our storytelling community. We also visited Monica in the craft room to discuss the stimuli we need for the story and look forward to seeing the items that are being made at Corbenic.
Channing telling a story
Sligo – The shelly place
Claire and I returned from Sligo full of beautiful stories from the wonderful landscape of Sligo. We roamed among the lakes, woods and beaches of Sligo with Maura and Florrie, Loretto’s sisters, chasing stories from the land of Loretto’s youth. The weather was beautiful and Maura recited Yeats at the foot of the Glen Car waterfall.
We stood in the shadow of Ben Bulben and gathered shells, wood and stones from the shore to help create our wonderful multi-sensory story resource in memory of Loretto. The Sligo landscape is amazing and as we wandered along the shores, through the woods and streets of Sligo and heard stories about the Lambe family childhood, we had a sense of this land, it’s people and it’s stories and I could see how growing up in Sligo would nurture the storyteller within.
More scenery of Sligo
Our visit to Sligo will enrich the resource by including the poems of Yeats read by her sister and music recorded by other family members and this will ensure the story resource is a wonderful memory of a remarkable woman. Watch out for Claire’s Sligo story map, coming soon.
Loretto’s sisters on the beaches of Sligo
“Where the wandering water gushes
From the hillside above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes,
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout,
And whispering in their ears;
We give them evil dream,
leaning softly out
from ferns that drop their tears
of dew on the young streams
Come! O, human child!
To the woods and waters wild,
With a fairy hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than
You can understand.”
Our first journey takes us to Ireland, in memory of PAMIS founder Loretto Lambe who was Irish and passionate about multi–sensory stories and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families. Baily Thomas Charitable Fund and Soutar Charitable Trust has awarded PAMIS funding to develop a story resource for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in memory of Loretto. The story box will be an additional resource for the PAMIS library and will consist of three beautifully crafted Irish multi-sensory stories from the oral storytelling tradition. The resource will include music and natural sounds from the Irish landscape. We will be working with the Corbenic community at Dunkeld to craft the stimuli and story box for the stories. Maureen and storyteller Claire Hewitt are already working together to produce this resource. Work has already began on the first story and PAMIS are sharing the development of these stories with other budding local storytellers who are interested in the process.