Storyteller - Carl Gough


A little bit about Storyteller Carl Gough

Storyteller Carl Gough, Wales, UK

I'm currently a storyteller in Wales, UK but I get about a bit. I've lived in  South and North Wales, but I've also lived in Scotland, Cornwall, Sussex, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and even France and Italy. I am lucky to have lived in so many places, as this experience provides a rich seedbed for me as a storyteller.

To begin at the beginning:

I have not always been a storyteller for hire, at least not in the conventional sense. My early years were driven by a fascination for nature which led to an early career in aquatics and then zoological parks. I suppose this is how I first began to learn my craft, presenting to the public and helping others to share my passion for the natural world. My respect for the natural world is still a big part of who I am today.

Other employment:

Other employment has included being a national park warden, a research biologist, an education officer at animal parks, a tour guide, an FE Teacher, an animal trainer and community development officer. Each role required a mix of formal and informal presentations on a range of different subjects, honing my skill in being able to adapt to different audiences and feeding the part of me that would one day emerge as a professional storyteller.

How I became a Storyteller:

My first experience as a legitimate storyteller came about in 2002. I was invited to entertain tourists over the summer at a local campsite and was specifically asked to deliver something that would help communicate the importance of nature conservation. To achieve this I used 'story' and what a revelation. Adults and children alike enjoyed the sessions, but more importantly they remembered key messages from the stories. From that point I was hooked and the storyteller within me was not going to be put back in his box after that. More and more storytelling opportunities presented themselves to me and I embraced them all. Over the years I did more storytelling as a volunteer and found a love for traditional folklore and legend, especially Celtic Myth and Legend and the Mabionogi. Ghost stories are also a firm favourite. So now I find myself in a position where I am lucky to be a professional storyteller and run my own business called Connection.

For examples of previous storytelling bookings I've delivered, please see the Storytelling Gallery

To find out more about my storytelling, please see My style of storytelling

Information about the range of services I offer can be viewed on my business website at www.worldofconnection.co.uk 

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