Danyah Miller is an expert in storytelling. But what does that have to do with you? Well, as it turns out, absolutely everything; from catching up with friends over dinner, telling your loved ones how your day has been, teaching literacy or persuading colleagues to accept your new scheme, storytelling plays a vital role throughout our lives and Danyah Miller is a passionate advocate of this powerful communication tool.
Danyah leads sought-after storytelling workshops across the UK.
‘In Marathi (my mother tongue), there is a local myth which talks about a special substance- called paris – which can convert stones into gold, just by touching them. There is also a phrase in marathi, paris sparsha (sparsha is touch), that stands for an inside-out change for good, like the stone getting converted to gold due to paris. Both of your workshops have done something similar to me’
Ashwini – Storytelling Workshop Participant
Danyah is an associate teacher at The International School of Storytelling. She has also recently worked with Story Museum Oxford; Beanstalk Reading Charity; Almeida Projects; Northampton University; School Grounds Company; Woolenwick Infant School and Bridge Road Children’s Centre. She also mentors on a one to one basis.
During these workshops, she has seen how developing storytelling skills can facilitate extraordinary change in participants, benefiting people of all ages and from walks of life. She is determined to share the positive effect of story as far and wide as she can.
We all have the ability to tell, share and listen to stories but sometimes we just lack the confidence and courage to trust our own style and our own voice.
‘Really great workshop. So pleased that you were willing to listen to what we were interested in and then willing to respond to that and have the space to talk about our questions’
Participant on Almeida Theatre Projects Storytelling course
Danyah leads you gently so that you can explore the magic of storytelling and learn techniques to support you whether you are telling for the first time or are already an experienced storyteller; whether your stories are for babes in arms, toddlers, juniors, teenagers, adults, or a mixture of them all! Sessions are versatile and fun, adapting to suit your needs and the requirements of the group.
Danyah’s work in schools is currently focused on staff training, sometimes linked to a long term school storytelling / literacy project in which she is involved. Danyah believes this leaves a strong and long lasting legacy for schools and is of greater benefit to staff and students alike. When teachers are empowered to find their own storytelling voice they can have a greater positive impact upon children’s imaginations, language development, concentration, listening skills, team-work, reading and writing etc.
In 2010 was engaged to lead a workshop with twenty 12-13 year old boys, whose first languages ranged from Yoruba to Cantonese, German to Gujarati – 17 languages between them in total. These sessions saw this group turn from restless, aggressive and dismissive to engaged and silent.
Workshops vary in length from two hours to full weeks.
Read Danyah’s Top Ten Storytelling Tips with Children published in the Guardian in October 2014.
“Weeks after a 5 day workshop on biographical storytelling I am still raving about Danyah. I will do every workshop that I can with Danyah”
V Woodward – International School of Storytelling Student
“I thought you were wicked … a ray of sunshine. The whole group was ﬁzzing with inspiration.”
“Your work was so very much appreciated. You are definitely the flavour of the month!! I really appreciate your enthusiasm and your vibrancy as a person…”
Angela Querido – Co-Carrier for West England Steiner Teacher Training Course