All About Giles Abbott
In 1998 Giles Abbott, a literature graduate, experienced sudden and serious sight loss and found himself unable to read books. So he became a storyteller. He now regards the whole experience as a gift; “Storytelling is what I am happiest doing. How can I be ungrateful for the experience which tipped me towards it?”
For adults, Giles has featured repeatedly at major festivals, in clubs and has performed in arts centres and other public venues all over the UK. Giles has visited hundreds of schools in UK, also in Egypt. In schools Giles can either tell different stories to every class, often starting the day with an assembly story to the entire school, or he can run story making workshops in which young people are guided to create and perform new stories which have never been told before yet which are based on time-tested narrative structures. He has a repertoire of well over a hundred stories which he chooses from according to age, in response to specific guidance from staff or simply in response to the energy in the room.
Giles’ lifelong love of the written word (MA English Lang. & Lit., Oxford Uni) persists and his poetry has been published in national magazines like The Spectator as well as numerous small press publications. As a writer he has worked creating text which links music, via spoken word, to audiences. In 2010 he wrote text for ‘Song Celestial’, composed by Baluji Srivastav, and toured with it nationally. In 2011 he created the narrative concept and wrote two scripts (one for multiple, one for solo voice) for ‘Breaking The Wall’, a new orchestral work by Lloyd Coleman.
Commissioned as part of the Disability Olympics Cultural Programme in Wales, the music for ‘Breaking The Wall’ was recorded by the BBC Wales Symphonia and it was performed in venues in Wales. In 2014, Giles began writing narrative text for ‘Aria Electronica’, a New York based musical enterprise which links grand opera to electronic music. In 2014 Giles also appeared in ‘The King’, a short film he co-wrote with director Fed Casella. Giles is currently writing a book, for parents and educators, ‘How To Tell Your Child A Story’ and, with Leon Conrad, is co-writing a collection of stories for young people which will explore the workings of English grammar. He is also working on an illustrated story for young children.
Giles is a Voice Teacher (MA Voice Studies, CSSD). For seven years he was lecturer in Voice at Birkbeck College, University of London and has been sessional and visiting lecturer at Arts Ed., ALRA, Drama Centre and others. He has provided voice training sessions to staff at schools as part of their professional development. He has lectured, as visiting lecturer, on storytelling at Exeter University and at the University of Darmstadt in Germany. He also performed in both these locations.
Giles has been interviewed more than once on BBC Radio 4 and on numerous local stations. In 2012, with Leon Conrad and for Resonance FM, Giles co-hosted ‘The Talking Shop’, a six week series of hour long programmes which explored, with studio guests, different aspects of storytelling.
Reviews and Feedback
“Giles was outstanding. He had everyone he spent time with completely captivated. Not many people can handle a whole school assembly smoothly but Giles entertained us all and every class that he visited wants him back! He’s a real find, so thanks for your help in arranging this visit.”
Corpus Christi Primary School
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