*Michael Williams is currently unavailable for Live Literature events*
I am a professional storyteller with a background in youth work, mentoring/coaching and education. I'm also an accredited and registered teacher, peace education facilitator and child care worker with more than 30 years of experience working with children, young people and adults.
I was born in Canada but have lived in Scotland for nearly 25 years. I earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from Edinburgh University and an Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford. I taught English Literature at Edinburgh University for 6 years and was Principal Teacher of English at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School for 10 years before taking up storytelling full-time in 2005.
I was the former Secretary for the Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on Creating a Culture of Peace in Scotland and worked for several years as a peace education facilitator in schools in Dumfries and Galloway. I continue to work with teachers in my capacity as an Adviser and Assessor for the General Teaching Council of Scotland's Chartered Teacher Accreditation Programme where I help teachers tell the story of their professional development. I also work with children and young people as a storyteller and tutor encouraging them to share their stories and develop their communication skills and creativity; I also coach and mentor adults in storytelling skills and storymaking.
I am particularly interested in the healing and therapeutic application of storytelling and am currently the Editor of 'Therapeutic Storytelling', part of the All Things Healing online community (www.allthingshealing.com). I am also currently the storytelling facilitator with the Aberdeen Leadership Forum, 2012.
About writer's work
I'm a storyteller with a passion for helping people discover and share the stories that bring meaning and well-being to their lives. My work has received ongoing support from Creative Scotland: in 2009 I was invited to join an international group of storytellers on the 'Healing Words' mission to Israel and Palestine where I helped to facilitate dialogue and mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians; in 2010 I was appointed as Storyteller-in-Residence at MUSEartspace, a community art gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in Canada where I worked with children and adolescents; and this year, I travelled to Denmark to study 'narrative medicine' with the renowned Native-American psychiatrist Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona. I am particularly enthusiastic about the role of storytelling in healing and therapeutic work. However, I enjoy performing stories from a variety of cultures including my homeland Canada as well as other North American sources. My stories often carry “seeds of hope and peace” and can be part of a group's exploration of conflict, emotional literacy and well-being.
Websites featuring the authorhttp://www.rjmwilliams.co.ukhttp://michaelwilliamsstoryteller.blogspot.comhttp://iamthestoryteller.wordpress.comhttp://www.soundcloud.com/thestorytellerhttp://www.allthingshealing.com/therapeutic-storytelling.phphttp://www.friendshipfair.com
Current events and projects
I'm available for storytelling performances in schools, community centres, literacy projects, residential centres, care homes, hospitals and other venues. I also offer storytelling workshops focussing on skills/techniques, emotional literacy, emotional well-being, peace and conflict, and leadership. I am also available for talks to community groups, church services, and many other organisations.
In addition to my storytelling performances and workshop, I have also done voice work, editing and writing for the media including the proposed children's television and web series “The Amazing Travelling Friendship Fair” (www.friendshipfair.com) and “Thumbelina” (not yet in production).