Professional storyteller to share narratives on Polish origins

Southern Storytellers president Heather Perriam is looking forward to next month's concert.

A CHRISTCHURCH storyteller will feature at next month’s Southern Storytellers concert being held in Invercargill.

Southern Storyteller president Heather Perriam said professional storyteller Margaret Copland would be featuring at the concert on July 9.

Copland, of Polish origins, is known for her original stories, poems and narratives which tell the intergenerational story of the family’s integration into mainstream society while retaining its Polish identity.

Perriam said we often forgot people had told stories since time began and they were a way of communicating about history, events and everyday happenings.

While some storytellers among the group were serious, Perriam said her stories often related to the lighter side of life.

“Life is a comedy of errors,” she said.

The group met once a month and usually prepared an exercise or topic with a specific subject to focus on.

Once they had done their “homework” they met the following month and delivered a story on the topic.

“We have lots of laughs,” she said.

In addition, the storytellers often went out in the community to tell stories to groups and organisations.

Anyone interested in joining the group could phone Perriam on 021 180 6090.

  • Southern Storyteller Concert, Friday, July 9, Invercargill Methodist Church, Lindisfarne St, 7.30pm. Door sales; $5 unwaged, $10 waged.