Turning to Meet the Storyteller

Recently I spent two idyllic months on a canal boat in France. I kept my connection with my children and grandchildren by writing stories for them to read on my return. The themes that emerged were to do with self sufficiency and transformation.

Growing up in Ulster, steeped in the mystic world of faery and as the eldest child and grandchild, I became a caretaker and storyteller for my younger siblings and cousins. It is the relational aspect of storytelling that has enabled me to re-invent for myself the psychodramatic role of storyteller. It has been a way of responding to the overdeveloped caretaking roles from a new and more vital perspective. And it has been a way of maintaining and strengthening those relationships that hold significance for me. To continue to meet and develop the storyteller, I am required to reveal myself through the stories, and through sharing them to continue to enter the realms of the imagination.

Relationships are at the forefront of Morenian theory. Psychodrama calls forth the intentional nature of interaction. Originally I wrote this story for my daughter, and now it becomes one way for me to relate to you — the ANZPA Journal readers.

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