The Storyteller’s Way

Sourcebook for inspired storytelling

Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth


What I find very special about this guidebook is that it reads as a great story in itself.  The telling of this path reads like a fascinating page-turner, the authors exploring an adventure-filled wilderness of human life and the ways that ‘story’ becomes a sustaining part of our existence.  The exercises they suggest are so well-described that you will want to try them out right away, they are just that interesting.  I can’t think of a better way to enter the world of storytelling, nor a surer way to learn to captivate children and delight one and all.

Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth invite you to realise your potential as a storyteller, for they believe that everyone can tell a story, but to tell it well requires a certain set of skills.  Whether you’re starting out or want to develop your storytelling expertise, this book is an essential guide. It can be used to tell stories for entertainment, teaching, coaching, healing or imbuing life with meaning.

Inside you’ll find a wealth of stories, exercises, questions, tips and insights to guide your storytelling path, offering time- tested and trusted ways of improving your skills, addressing blocks and helping you become a confident and inspirational storyteller. Ashley and Sue share the trials and triumphs of their personal storytelling journeys and explore what it means to be a storyteller today.


  • Starting out and First Steps- Nuts and Bolts
  • Basics and Beyond
  • Senses
  • Rhythm and Repetition
  • Polarities
  • Temperaments
  • Thresholds
  • Dynamics
  • Gestures
  • Gazes
  • Relating
  • Silence
  • Levels of Language
  • Voice
  • The Deeper Current-Self Development and Storytelling
  • Quotes
  • Stories
  • Tips
  • Exercises
  • Examples
  • Resources

—  Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth teach at the International School of Storytelling, founded in 1994 at Emerson College, England. They perform and run courses worldwide. With a background in theatre and speech, Ashley has developed unique methods of teaching storytelling and voice work. He is particularly known for his one man shows of A Christmas Carol, The Amazing Adventures of the Hodja Nasruddin, Tistou, and The Man Who Planted Hope. Sue tells true life tales, leads wilderness and pilgrimage storywalks and runs storytelling retreats for women. Her performances of Along the Way, Out of Eden and Conducting the Storm invite us into a new relationship with nature.

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