Storytelling - Winner 2009
Heralding from the wind beaten mountains of Snowdonia comes Catherine Aran, a teller of tales from Wales. Having been an actor for over ten years she applied for and got the job of Storyteller for Gwynedd Council having never seen a professional storyteller at work. Through various courses and learning ‘on the job’ firstly at primary schools then later in hospital wards, cultural organisations and universities she honed her art while increasing her repertoire of stories.
Her ability to portray a huge span of human emotions using only facial expressions, voice and physical movements as props has often been described as ‘impressive’ drawing on a range of traditional tales and folk traditions moving seamlessly from Welsh to English and back again when required. Now self-employed for five years Catherine has performed at many more venues and festivals mainly across Wales and Ireland including the Urdd Eisteddfod of Wales, Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Mythstories in Wem. She is the author of five books for children published in Welsh