Michael Williams

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For nearly forty years, Michael has worked with young people and their families, teachers and their pupils, health and care workers, social and community workers, spiritual leaders, therapists, writers, artists, librarians, corporate and community leaders and other storytellers, sharing his knowledge, experience and passion for storytelling.

Canadian-born Michael first recognised the value of sharing stories during the mid-70s while travelling in the southern United States and working with a group of roving Vietnam veterans. These men needed to tell their stories of the nightmare of war. Most people, they said, didn’t want to hear their stories but the more Michael encouraged them to share, the calmer and more focused they became. It was then he realised there was some connection between telling their story and healing. This experience led Michael to train as a care worker specialising in adolescents in care, helping others to find the meaning in their stories. It was a crucial part of their healing and rehabilitation. Michael’s interest in story and storytelling grew, eventually returning him to university to study literature and language.

This in turn led to his coming to Scotland in the late 80s to study for a PhD, followed by teaching literature at Edinburgh University and business communication at Napier University. This was followed by ten years of teaching English at the creative Rudolph Steiner School where storytelling was integral to the art of teaching. It was during this time that he also began studying the art of storytelling through the Scottish Storytelling Centre and in 2005 Michael left full-time teaching to pursue a career as a professional storyteller with a particular interest in peace education, therapeutic storytelling and story coaching.

Since then Michael has become a popular workshop facilitator who has worked extensively throughout Scotland as well as England, Germany, Israel, Palestine, and Canada. He is the co-founder of the Aberdeen Leadership Forum where he runs the ‘Narrative Approach to Transformational Leadership’ programme.

Michael has developed a successful story coaching business working with storytellers, parents and clients from many sectors of business, education, healthcare, and community work. He offers storytelling training and performances for all levels from ages 9 to 90. Michael also hosts the popular ‘Teller and the Tale’ radio programme, broadcast on Blues and Roots Radio across the world via internet. This 30-minute programme (Sunday at 7am EDT) broadcasts weekly and features a different storyteller in conversation. Tune into the Teller and the Tale on Blues and Roots Radio every Sunday at 7am EDT. Previous episodes are available on Mixcloud.

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