creative mentor network event

Creative Mentor Network – Sharing Best Practice with Creative Mentor Maria Credali – The Power of Storytelling (26th July 2024)

  • Friday 26th July 2024 at 9:30am - 1:30pm
  • The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, UK
  • FREE for Creative Mentors
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This session is only for Creative Mentors on The Mighty Creatives’ Creative Mentoring Pool.

In response to the Creative Mentoring Support Survey, we have worked hard to craft a networking programme that responds to the needs of the Creative Mentors. We hope you find the sessions inspiring.

Join us and Creative Mentor Maria Credali for an in-person creative practice sharing session in Staffordshire.

Lunch will be included in the session, so please let us know of any dietary requirements.

What can I expect from the session?

Discover traditional oral storytelling

Professional storyteller Maria Credali will share some traditional tales from around the world as we consider how storytelling and riddling can be used to support our work with young people. During this fun and relaxed morning, you can expect to…

  • Hear some traditional tales and riddles from different cultures on a story walk through the beautiful surrounding of The Wolseley Centre (weather dependent),
  • Learn how to tell a short story yourself (alone of as part of a group),
  • Find out how to create new stories together,
  • Consider how storytelling can be used to support the development of young people’s skill sets.
  • Share tactics for developing young people’s skills in your own practice.

The workshop will take place at The Wolseley Centre  nature reserve in Staffordshire which is situated close to Shugborough and Cannock Chase AONB.  Part of the session is planned for outside, so please bring along suitable clothing and footwear for a walk.

The session will begin with 10 minutes of informal networking and getting to know each other.

This practical session is designed to provide inspiration and ideas for Creative Mentor activity and to provide an extra ‘string to your bow’ when working with your own Creative Mentees.

It’s also a great opportunity to connect in person and meet likeminded Creative Mentors.

About Maria

Maria takes traditional tales and makes them her own, breathing life into characters and taking the listener on journeys of magic and myth. She has a warm and engaging, humorous style which is well suited to sharing story secrets with her audiences. Whether she is telling tales at festivals, on boats, trams, in castles or just by the fire, she will leave you with a warm heart and smile on your face. She delivers workshops on traditional oral storytelling, covering aspects such as performance skills, audience engagement and character development.

Recent work includes a commission for The Royal Shakespeare Company,  Marrakech, Toronto and Galway and Listowel International Storytelling Festivals and Wolverhampton Literature Festival. She recently received a standing ovation for her ACE funded piece “ Letters Through Time” which was commissioned by Festival at the Edge. She is storyteller in residence at Tamworth Castle.


Joyous, beautiful, inspiring and poetic.” Taffy Thomas MBE, Storytelling Laureate

Glorious – an irresistible combination that drew the packed house into a vivid world of story” Alastair K Daniel Surrey Storytellers.


Any questions, please email


Friday 26th July 2024


9:30am – 13:30pm


To find more information about how to, find The Wolseley Centre and Nature Reserve, you can visit their website here:

Additional Information

Please in your booking, share your dietary and access requirements so we can ensure these are accommodated for.

Booking for this will close on 19th July 2024, so book early to avoid disappointment.