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A Review of the History and Importance of Storytelling – GI 20 865 (Online)

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11 February 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm GMT

Tutor: Steve Markwell B.A in History and American Studies at the University of Keele

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Date: 11 February 2021
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Length of Course:
1 session
Cost for Course:
£11.40 - £13.70
£11.40 – £13.70
Reference Code:
GI 20 865
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


Please note that this course is now being delivered online, different to that advertised on the brochure. This has been changed at the tutor’s request, to avoid disappointment, following the national lockdown announcement.

In this interactive talk, we will look at the key human activity of storytelling. Some philosophers think that it is the ability to tell stories that sets humankind apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.

We will look at the great global storytellers and their impact on thought, religion, nations and political movements. For the last 30 minutes we will debate the impact of social media on stories. Has the soundbite slain the art of the story?


A Review of the History and Importance of Storytelling - GI 20 865



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About the Speaker

Steve Markwell



Steve spent the majority of his business career working with major American companies on an International basis. His experience spans Procter and Gamble, Ray- Ban Sunglasses, Remington Shavers and Cross pens. Steve’s career took him and his family to Holland, France, South Africa, Canada and Italy. When they returned to Guildford, Steve’s wife Liz became General Manager of the Guildford Institute. Subsequently Liz and Steve both worked with Silent Pool – the local gin distiller, merging work with pleasure! Now they have set up their own coaching company Winning with Words, helping people in the key area of public communication. They have delivered seminars at The Institute, at the ActivZone Gym, and for the Surrey Hills Enterprise group. They are also currently working with a number of local companies, improving communication skills and sales and customer service ability.


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