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Coming Home to Story

Stories take us into other worlds so that we may experience our own more deeply. Master storyteller Geoff Mead brings the reader inside the experience of telling and listening to a story. He shows how stories and storytelling engage our imaginations, strengthen communities and bring adventure and joy into our lives. The narrative is interspersed with consummate retellings of traditional tales from all over the world.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Swimming in the Sea of Stories. Section 1: Being & Becoming a Storyteller. 1. Falling in Love with Story. 2. Joining the Company of Storytellers. 3. Master & Servant. 4. A Moment of Grace. Section 2: Healing Fictions. 5. In Bed with the Bear. 6. Stories all the Way Down. 7. Storied Lives. 8. Living Stories. 9. Telling the Untold Story. 10. Hermes in the Gorge. Section 3: Men & Storytelling. 11. We Band of Brothers. 12. Fathers & Sons. 13. Sons & Fathers. Section 4: Widening Circles. 14. Some Enchanted Evening. 15. Storytelling in Organisations. 16. Water on the Rock. Epilogue: Coming Home to Story.

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Exploring storytelling and narrative to become a better person

About the Author

Geoff Mead is a storyteller, writer and consultant. He tells traditional stories, runs story-based workshops and teaches storytelling at venues in the UK and as far afield as Spain, Canada and Japan. He divides his time between his partner's house in the Cotswolds and Lyme Regis where he lives and writes in sight of the sea.


The power of Coming Home to Story lies in Mead's passion and adventure, his faith in stories and storytelling as a source of creativity, healing and sustenance. -- Bristol Review of Books If you didn't believe before that the storyteller can be both healer and magician, you could hardy not believe it after reading this book. I feel the better, and the wiser, for having read this inspiring text. -- Fact & Fiction magazine

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