| Syafiq Affendy |
STUDENTS from Jerudong International School’s (JIS) Senior School and from two government secondary schools had the opportunity to witness a magical storytelling session by UK-based author Rob Parkinson at JIS’s Lecture Theatre yesterday.
Parkinson, who has more than 30 years of storytelling experience, is currently in the Sultanate to conduct a series of workshops, lectures and informal talks which blend imaginative techniques with practical advice on how to create compelling stories.
Among his many publications include ‘My Dad’s Not a Dog’, a humorous and thoughtful mix of poetry and lyrics that has been described as an ‘imagination feast’ and a ‘hidden world of feelings and stray thoughts’.
His ‘labour of love’, Transforming Tales, is a text that “allows readers to understand the hidden patterns storytellers use to captivate attention and learn how truths are often encapsulated in myths, jokes and fairy stories”.
Rob is also a talented musician who combines his wealth of knowledge about storytelling with his love of music, which he expresses through his use of an eclectic mix of ethnic instruments.
Acting Principal of JIS, Barnaby Sandow, said, “Rob’s unique brand of vibrant storytelling is bringing words to life for our students. We are enormously pleased to have him here to light the fire of academic curiosity and make our children excited about reading.”