Welcome to my website. I am Janet Dowling (as if you hadn’t guessed!). If you stir the pot that is me, bubbling up from the depths are a storyteller, a writer, a community storyteller, a life story coach and a creative supervisor. Good things, as they say, come in small packages. But that’s a whole other story!
I’m also researching material for Devon Ghost Tales, a book to send shivers down your spine. It’s a slow process, as I can’t work on it after dark because I manage to scare myself! Mind you, looking in a mirror does that! Devon Ghost Tales will be published by the History Press in October 2018.
I work with metaphor and storytelling to enable people to explore new ideas, discover different perspectives of themselves and others and create their own changes in their lives.
I am passionate about the role that metaphors and stories play in our lives, and the opportunities that they open up for all of us. Stories enable listeners to learn about different ways to overcome struggles and adversity in their own way, to explore different perspectives on life, to give them hope for change and eventually fulfil their life goals.
Sometimes we have to have some magic just to make the leap in our imaginations, so that we can envisage a future that can be different. Knowing more about how the future could be, gives us the strength to change our own paths.
I do this in different ways:
- as a performance storyteller, telling traditional stories and running workshops for adults and children
- as a community storyteller, finding old stories that explain the landscape, and new stories of the local community; both personal and historical
- as a writer, creating new stories and retelling old ones for the modern world
- as a life story coach helping people find their own personal stories and make the changes they want
- as a creative supervisor, offering creative approaches to people who want to explore the stories about their work
And what kind of story are you wanting to hear?
Explore my website to find what you want to have happen with storytelling!
“One day a woman asked Dr. Einstein’s advice about the kind of reading that would best prepare her child for a career as a scientist. To her surprise, the scientist recommended ‘Fairy tales and more fairy tales.’ The mother protested that she was really serious about this and she wanted a serious answer; but Dr. Einstein persisted, adding that creative imagination is the essential element in the intellectual equipment of the true scientist, and that fairy tales are the childhood stimulus to this quality.”