MALCOLM GREEN is both a naturalist and storyteller who has told stories professionally since 1982. He has taught storytelling at Newcastle University for 20 years and, as manager of the Rising Sun Country Park, made storytelling central to the interpretation. In his recent work he has endeavoured to integrate a more-than-human perspective into his storytelling, collaborating with scientists and musicians to create a tapestry of ecology, myth and personal experience that convey both the wonder and fragility of life. His performance pieces include Shearwater and Gone Cuckoo. He is a founder member of A Bit Crack Storytellers with whom he organised the collaborative Dreaming the Land walking project. He is author of Northumberland Folktales.
CHARLOTTE ØSTER tells adventures and stories that she puts together according to theme and audience. She is concerned with finding the balance between play, humor and seriousness in the stories.
The repertoire ranges from fairy tales for children to performances for adults that approach the stand-up genre. In addition, she loves to hold courses and listen to other people’s stories.
SIW LAURENT is a trained actor and founder of Active Body Listening, an exploratory practice for nature connection approaching mind, body and voice as wilderness.
KATHINKA MARCKS (Storyteller)
Stories hold our universe together. They have the power to teach us how to care for this world and for our little selves. As a storyteller, Kathinka is translator to those who don’t know how to listen to trees, badgers and birdsongs yet, to those who might discover that magic really exists. Kathinka lives and works as a storyteller in the Black Forest in Germany. Link to website.
DANIEL HOECKENDORFF (Outdoor Guide)
How to be of service for life is Daniels most urgent question. As an outdoor guide, he plays with the connection between outer and inner landscapes and loves to facilitate encounters with the untamed life of the more-than-human world. Daniel lives and works as an outdoor guide in the Black Forest in Germany. Link to website.
GEORGIANA KEABLE has been a pioneer for the storytelling renaissance in England and in Norway, founder of Storyteller House, Storyteller Festival and Storyteller Radio. She loves environmental stories – myths, botany, fairy tales or historical dramas. With Per Jostein Aarsand, she has performed stories on the Pilgrimsleden in Oslo for 10 years with, among other things, Oslo DKS. Georgiana told for 10 years also for approx. 1,000 children annually at Oseberghaugen, about life and death, about the wealth and joy of walking barefoot. (DKS) For 12 years she has worked with Climate Storytelling for 8th grade, and played the mother of Thor Heyerdahl at his childhood home in Larvik. (DKS ). In addition, she has promoted bilingual storytelling since 2006. She has narrated at festivals internationally in many countries, traveling overland as much as possible. Georgiana received Oslo City’s Artist Award for outstanding efforts within Oslo’s art scene.
The book, The Natural Storyteller has won two international awards and has been published as an audiobook. A new book with Dawne McFarlane, Fairytales, Families and Forests came spring 2023.
MARIA LOTHE is a dance artist and activist based in Oslo, working in various freelance constellations as a dancer and choreographer. She works within contemporary dance, with an interest in voice and object work, nature and the site spesific. She has a two year degree in choreography and improvisation from Skolen for Samtidsdans in Oslo and a BA in contemporary dance from Trinity Laban in London. Current relevant work is as a dancer in Resisting Extinction by BodyCartography Project and dancer/choreographer in Økohelter with the dance collective STICKY. www.marialothe.com
Photo Ida Goldberg
«Dancing to the Painting» by Martin Creed, as part of the exhibition «Inside Out» by Hodgkins and Creed at The Twist Kistefoss Museum
MARTIN LEE MUELLER, PhD, Speaker at the conferance
was born and raised in Germany but has found his place in Norway, home both to deep ecology and to great runs of Atlantic salmon – two passions explored at depth in his writing and teaching. Martin’s groundbreaking book Being Salmon, Being Human: Discovering the Wild in Us and Us in the Wild was met with a storm of praise when it was published at the end of 2017 Link to publisher Chelseagreen.com
The book has also inspired an acclaimed three-person stage performance, which Martin and his fellow storytellers are now touring in several countries. Currently, Martin divides his time between developing a new Masters of Ecological Education at the Rudolf Steiner University College in Oslo, and creating the Circumpolar Salmon Forum – an organization dedicated to building bridges between the various place-based Atlantic and Pacific salmon cultures of the northern hemisphere.