About Storytelling – a Practical Guide – by Helen McKay & Berice Dudley


A practical Guide for Australian Teachers & Students. Paperback 126 pages. Published: Hale & Iremonger, Sydney Australia ISBN 0868066524 9780868066523 – First published 1996. Revised edition

“ONCE UPON A TIME” is still one of the most guaranteed attention-getting phrases in our language. About Storytelling is crammed with hints on finding, developing, and presenting stories to audiences. The book contains information on how to find and adapt stories, business matters, and dealing with disasters. It includes a comprehensive resource list. Good for Australian Storytelling.


© Helen McKay and Berice Dudley

Storytelling is as old as language. It crosses all boundaries of time, age and culture. Stories inspire, instruct and, above all, entertain. Increasingly, they are being used by management for strategic planning, and by therapists to help find resolutions to conflicts.
About Storytelling is practical and instructive. It advises you how to:

  • begin and develop stories, whether told or read aloud
  • relate to an audience
  • create the best dramatic effect
  • deliver a memorable performance.

Whether you’re a writer, teacher, yarn-spinner, librarian, after-dinner speaker, therapist, corporate trainer, tour guide, or anyone involved in communication, About Storytelling is the essential reference.
Helen McKay and Berice Dudley are an experienced team of storytellers who offer techniques to help all communicators develop their skills in storytelling. They are working at dispelling the myth that storytelling is for children only, by showing its relevance to all facets of adult life.

‘About Storytelling is a useful, information-accessible introduction to
how do I tell stories, where do I begin.’
Diane Wolkstein, Author of The Magic Orange Tree and Esther’s Story