Story Stitcher’s Portfolio


Story Stitchers

We are Tom Barry and Flick Goodman, two storytellers, writers and community artists. We run creative experiences, workshops and events to gather, share and listen to stories. We think that sharing stories helps build up a connection between people and place and gives people to the space to explore their identity. We create both live, remote and digital work and encourage people to find their voice both on the page and whilst speaking.

We have worked in community arts for over a decade since graduating Manchester School of Theatre. We are live in Warrington and are very proud to have created work across the North West with galleries, museums, libraries, community centres, schools and arts venues. We work with everyone from toddlers to older adults and everyone in between and we actively look for opportunities to bring people together across different age groups and experiences.

At No.25, November 2021 – January 2022

Commissioned by Culture Warrington and in collaboration with visual artists Enya Koster and Daisy James, we were asked to run community workshops and create a soundtrack for a homely, festive installation in Warrington’s shopping centre, Golden Square.

Workshops were run with Wolfprint (Young People with SEND needs), Creative Remedies (Mental Health support group for Adults), Older Adults and Home Start (Vulnerable families with children under 5). Flick wrote the score and the words featured in the piece and recorded and edited local voices to complete the tracks.

The Story Tree, December 2021

The Story Tree is a participatory activity which encourages people of all aged to share a memory, give thanks or write a wish for the local community. We worked with The Old School in Warrington to create a welcoming environment for local people to take part in a short creative activity at the start of their Festive Fair. Participants where invited to write or draw whatever they wanted. Children were also encouraged to think about a special wish for others and in return received a special Christmas wish bag from Santa Claus. This was our most successful interpretation of a story collecting event, due to the beautiful Christmas tree produced at the end covered with the wonderful words of over 100 people aged between 3 and 90. The Christmas Tree remained in place until January 6th 2022.

“The way you spoke to the children was magical. I thought I would cry, it was just so wonderful.”

Participant

“The tree looks incredible. I am so glad I got to add my message and I loved reading everyone elses too.”

Participant

This was our most successful interpretation of a story collecting event, due to the beautiful Christmas tree produced at the end covered with the wonderful words of over 100 people aged between 3 and 90. The Christmas Tree remained in place until January 6th 2022.

Community, Gathering, Celebration

The Exchange: More Than A Thing, Summer 2021


This is a call out for connection. A call to share a tale and receive one in return.

Our community is an amazing array of people. We wanted to connect them to each other. The Exchange is as simple as it sounds. Participants created something – a poem, a story, a picture. They popped it in an envelope along and sent it to us. We then swapped contributions and sent participants else’s creation. We provided provocations and played post masters as we traded the tales through this remote exchange of stories.

The subject of this exchange was More than a Thing, a love story about favourite treasures. People talked about toys, games, shells. Special trinkets that mean the world to them. 24 folk of all ages took part from 4-84. You can view the full gallery online here

“We all got excited when our Exchange letters arrived, but it was especially exciting for the girls as kids get so little post. Thinking about all the exchanged letters was so significant after this last strange year of isolation.”

Participant

Collecting, Remote, Commute

Nook & Cranny, Story Scientists

Professors Nook and Cranny are looking for answers. They want to crack the formula of the perfect stories. They have dissected tales in their lab, but now they are on an expedition, from here to there to solve the mysteries and patterns of spinning a good yarn. Families are invited to come on their quest, and make their own discoveries in the world of story telling. You can find out more about Nook and Cranny here

Here is a short story commissioned by Spot On Lancashire in March 2021 or us telling a very silly tale:

Family friendly, Character, Storytelling


Wild Wonder

Stay Curious, Grow Wild Together and Wonder More.

Wild Wonder is a podcast for families. We explore the outdoors and share stories about what we discover. We curate the podcast involving our children as we believe that if children hear others speaking, it makes them feel powerful with their own voice. Each episode includes a walk about with our children, followed by a story inspired by what we discovered on our walk. We hope this podcast and the supporting activities allows your families to connect to each other and the world just outside your front door. You can find out more about Wild Wonder here

You can listen in to all 4 episodes on Spotify and Sound Cloud. Here is one of our favourite episodes:

Podcast, Storytelling, Families


Let’s build something together.