The International
School of Storytelling

Storytelling Beyond Words Guest Tutors

This list is subject to last minute changes.

Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews, who has accompanied the School of Storytelling since its beginning, is a published poet, internationally acclaimed both for his poetry readings and for the joyful and interactive workshops in Creative Writing that he offers.
His two books on the creative process, ‘Sing Me the Creation’ and ‘Words in Place’ (which arose out of his long time teaching at Emerson College) have proved inspirational to teachers of children and adults alike, and to all who seek to develop their powers of imagination. His new book, a second edition to 'Sing Me the Creation' will be published in 2015.

The playful and creative writing done in this course is there to serve the needs of storytellers.

He was the founder of ‘Poetry OtherWise’, a much loved gathering that ran for many summers. 'The Ground that Love Seeks' and 'Slippery Characters' (Five Seasons Press) are gatherings of his poetry. He travels widely with his work.
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Naamah Pinkerfeld

Naamah is a passionate, spirit-filled choir leader.

Her teaching style is lively and inclusive, encouraging participants to free their voice with confidence and joy!
As well as teaching singing she leads 2 community choirs: The Singing Forest Choir at Emerson College, and The St Ethelburga's Choir in central London.

Giovanna Conforto

Giovanna is a storyteller, teacher and organiser of events. Born in England of Italian parents she has always been passionate about theatre and performing arts. In 1997 she graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Arts “Silvio D’Amico” in Rome where she later obtained an advanced degree in Teacher’s Training. Since then, her activity is divided between performing, teaching and organizing events. As storyteller she has participated in events and festivals all over Europe, North America and Asia.

Giovanna is the creative director of the Italian Storytelling Center and founding member of the International Association Stories in Place based in Edinburgh. In recent years, she has co-founded The Strolling Stories, storywalks dedicated to historical and artistic sites in Rome, Latium and Tuscany and has co-created the project Habla Cadabra, an international multilingual storytelling festival touring on a bus. She is lecturer at the Master’s Degree in Arts Management at IED University in Rome and has been collaborating with various universities all over Europe and in Asia. Giovanna  is co-author of the European guidelines for the creative teaching of science and is member of the Storytelling & Peace Council. The Storytelling and Peace Council is an international gathering of 25 experienced storytellers from over 16 countries dedicated to the growth and development of peace and creativity in a wide variety of life contexts, including multicultural education, social work, business, mediation and social healing. She tells and facilitates in English, Italian and French