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Telling True Life Tales

  • St Marys Retreat Centre Tallaght Road Dublin, County Dublin Ireland (map)
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A Storytelling course over 4 weekends with Sue Hollingsworth and Neil Horgan
(April – October 2018)
Be part of Ireland's first ever Biographical storytelling training with Sue, A Founder of the International School of Storytelling in the UK and our own Award-Winning Storyteller Neil in Dublin starting in April 2018!
The modules will be held over 4 full weekends at St. Marys Retreat Centre Old Tallaght Village.
13| 15 April (Fri Welcome Session 7 – 9pm, Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 10 – 4pm)
07|08 July (Sat 10-5pm, Sun 10-4pm)
01|02 September (Sat 10-5pm, Sun 10-4pm)
3/4 November (Sat 10-5pm, Sun 10-4pm)
Many years ago, Plato said, “The unexamined life is not worth living “. Telling stories from our lives invites us to look at our past and consider what is worth passing on to the future and what we have learnt along the way.

Over this introductory series of four weekends, your two experienced teachers will take you through the delights and discipline of telling true life tales, guiding you gently to explore what qualities and skills are needed to tell these stories. There will be time to discuss questions such as Has anything worth speaking about ever happened to me? Who would listen to my story? What makes it different from a casual reminiscence in a pub? Is it the same as telling a traditional story? Do you have to tell EVERYTHING?

The course is limited to 16 people and open to anyone over the age of 28. It is ideal for beginners, those with some experience and tellers of traditional tales. The course will take place over 4 full weekends and will appeal to anyone interested in learning how to tell their own true-life stories and improve their public speaking skills in a safe and creative space. A small bursary is available for eligible students.

How to Book?
If you would like to talk to Neil about the course and your own suitability, please get in touch at

What’s Included?
• 4 weekends of Training including all materials
• Hot Lunch and teas/ coffee at the Retreat Centre.
• Free Parking

Full Price: €995
* EARLY BIRD PRICE €895* - Save €100! (if booked by November 30th)
Deposit: €250
Balance due by 17 March 2018.
*Residential Rate €40pppn (B&B) For those wishing to stay over *

Course Leaders
Sue Hollingsworth has been telling stories over 20 years. She is the Director of the Centre for Biographical Storytelling and a founder of the International School of Storytelling in the UK. Sue has a passion for telling true life stories and she works with people all over the world who want to share their lives with others. You can find more on

Neil Horgan trained at the International School of Storytelling in 2012/3, As well as teaching storytelling he has won the Moth Story Slam twice and was runner up Grand Slam at Abbey Theatre