Heather Forest, Storyteller/Author

photo by Jim Gregory

Most of a storytelling concert takes place in the imagination of the listener!



Reviews

"Heather Forest creates a living fantasy. The audience was enchanted. Her considerable talents go far beyond the usual ideas of storytelling. This woman has a magic which flows out to touch her audience in their hearts."
Town & Country News
Watertown, NY

"Highly original…wonderfully gifted.... She calls herself a storyteller, but obviously she is much more. She combines song, sound, and story, weaving a most remarkable spell..."
Robert Sherman
Woody's Children, WQXR-FM Radio NY


Storytelling Programs

“A true troubadour... even the narrative parts of her storytelling seem to be sung; her delivery is so precise and compelling, she just draws one into her spell. Her stories are lovely, magical things and her singing voice is true, simple, and unadorned." - Martha’s Vineyard Times, MA

MUSICAL FOLKTALE CONCERTS

Heather Forest brings World Tales to life in the imagination of listeners of all ages. Her minstrel style of storytelling is a dynamic fusion of storytelling, poetry, prose, guitar and the sung and spoken word.

Storytelling Programs

A Tapestry of Multicultural Tales- Storytelling Concerts and Workshops
Sing Me A Story: Musical Tales for Young Listeners
One Sky: Tales of Peace and Generosity
Nature Tales: Stories & Songs Celebrating the Earth
Tales of Womenfolk: Stories of Strong Women
Ancient Voices: Global Myths and Legends

ARTS IN EDUCATION CONCERT & WORKSHOP RESIDENCIES

Ms. Forest can design arts in education residencies that combine concerts and workshops.(Up to four services, concerts or workshops, per day)

Visiting Author In-School Assembly Programs
In-school musical folktales concerts are 45 minutes long and are for a maximum of 250-300 students. Programs for grades K-3 feature lively musical fables and audience participation. Storytelling programs for grades 4-6, Jr. H.S., and H.S. feature captivating plots of tall tales, myths, and stories of adventure and enchantment from around the world. She is an award winning author of nine folktale books and eight recordings.

A sound system, teacher study guides, a complimentary recording of Heather Forest's storytelling, and an autographed copy of one of her children's books are provided.
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A New Huntington Arts Council Journey Program Offering!


A Tapestry of Multicultural Tales -Storytelling Concerts and Workshops

Multicultural folktales come to life in Heather Forest's dynamic interweave of storytelling, original music, folk guitar, and the sung and spoken word. Interactive assembly programs are designed to suit grade level and offer ancient tales of wisdom and wonder selected from the folklore of Europe, Africa, India, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East. Presented with a focus on historical background and cultural context, multicultural folktales reveal both the diversity and commonality of the human experience.

(For booking- Journey Program Participating Districts contact: Huntington Arts Council- artsined@​huntingtonarts.org. All others contact Story Arts heather@​storyarts.org)

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Creative Writing & Storytelling Workshops
Using the structure of the folktale as its core, these workshops offer insights into storytelling performance techniques, the power of language, creative writing and attentive listening skills.

Workshops are designed to suit grade level and curriculum interest. Workshops can take place in a classroom or library setting and can accommodate two classes at each session.

Residency Programming possibilities:
Two Concerts at each of two schools (same day/​different locations) K-2, K-3, 3-5 or 4-6

Two In-School Storytelling Concerts and Two Workshops (same day at one location)

Four in-class workshops (same day at one location)

A Family Concert can be scheduled during the evening of a community residency.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Storytelling Workshops for Teachers, Librarians, Parents, Leaders, and Storytellers offer participants an opportunity to hone their creative thinking and oral communication skills.

Multicultural Storytelling

Exploring the multicultural tradition of storytelling, this workshop for K-6 grade teachers encourages the use of storytelling in the classroom across the curriculum and investigates the dynamic language arts interconnections between speaking, listening, and literacy. Focusing on the retelling of multicultural folktales and on understanding their cultural context, participants will explore the expressive use of voice, body, imagination, and metaphor in oral storytelling. Practical core curriculum applications are offered.

For further information and fees contact:
STORY ARTS
PO BOX 354
HUNTINGTON, NY 11743
631-271-2511

SELECTED WORKS

NEW Anthology
A multicultural collection of artfully retold ancient stories
Celebrating the power of gentleness.
The joys and chaos of working together
Anthologies
Metaphorical Global tales to talk about.
Multicultural Tales with an element of the impossible.
Children's Picture Books
Words like feathers fly...May all your words be kind!
A tale about generosity.