National Story Telling Week, January 26 to 2 February 1013, is a series of events organised by the Society for Storytelling (http://sfs.org.uk) and supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council. Its aims include increasing public awareness of the art of storytelling and promoting the exploration of storytelling in all its forms and applications.
Stantons Solicitors, Gravesend’s leading specialist family law firm, is supporting the event for 2013 both through its own storytelling and through supplying specialist books to selected local primary schools. Principal, Jan Stanton, outlined their programme, “We are looking to explore the issues relating to parental breakup from the child’s perspective through the medium of storytelling and through story books. The breakup of families through separation and divorce can be a very traumatic time for the children, often leaving them bereft and sometimes even with a sense of guilt. The use of a well-structured story can be of great benefit in helping them to understand not only their innocence relating to the unfolding events but also reassuring them that other children are sharing similar experiences.”
Stantons is inviting small groups of children to their Wrotham Road practice to enjoy a storytelling session with Mrs Stanton followed by a brief question and answer session designed to help the young students share and understand a little more about their experiences. Supporting this initiative, the firm will also be sending copies of story books that deal with the issues outlined to selected schools for inclusion in their libraries.