To the Editor
Congratulations on your new collection of poems for Ukraine - it's a wonderful piece of creative activism and an amazing resource. Now more from me.
Ukrainian Storytelling for Children
This is a new recording of Ukrainian teacher Alla Goeksu and David Heathfield doing mixed language storytelling live at the World Storytelling Cafe. It's for everyone, perhaps especially for teachers of young learners. https://youtu.be/0qBqZ8_e
Alla and I did another very positive fundraising storytelling event on ZOOM last night aimed at adults: WE STAND FOR UKRAINE.
Here is the recording of this very special World Storytelling Day event featuring Ukrainian storyteller Alla Goeksu, young musician and singer Daryna in Kyiv and her multi-instrumentalist uncle Iwan together with me, David Heathfield. What a joy it is in these darkest times to be celebrating Ukrainian culture through story, music and song.
Scottish storyteller Rona Barbour and American storyteller Laura Simms also tell stories as well as 'Storytellers of Old Tampa Bay' hosts Ross Tarr and Jim Kissane among others.
People can donate via international bank transfer to raise funds for a rescue vehicle:
Ukrain benotigt Hilte und Unterstutzung (Ukrain needs help and support)
Spenden for Humanitare Hilfe in der Ukraine (Donations for Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine)
Bank Routing Information to Donate
Name: Ukrainischer Verin in Niederscher e.V. (Ukrainian Association in Lower Saxony)
BIC: (SWIFT-Code): VOHADE2HXXX
Zweck: Humanitare Hilfe Ukraine (Purpose: Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine)
The minibus will transport very young and old Ukrainian people to safety in Lower Saxony, Germany and bring in desparately-needed supplies to Ukrainians in Kyiev.
May goodness and peace prevail
I think we might have met many moons ago when I had a brief stint with the wondrous Pilgrim's crew way back in 2007 (I had to check my CV).
Right after that the Polish influx tightened up incoming foreigners and sadly I was no longer able to work with you all.
Richard Cooper and I lived together that summer and became friends.
All that to say that I do have a connection with you and the HLT and would like to be able to glean some support if possible. My colleague, Mohsin Tejani (currently head of SPELT) and I developed an online experience over the initial pandemic year.
We launched it and had a highly successful first cohort last year, with a community of ten from my former trainees and his other contacts plus both of our mentors (!).
You can see it at theschoolofwriting.org entitled "Writing to Inspire Self-Reflection: Journaling and Poetry for Teachers.
We would like to find a larger audience and make it an ongoing course offering but are currently stumped on the marketing end. Hopefully some HLT readers will be intrigued.
Any questions can be addressed to
Many thanks in advance for any assistance,Annie Polatsek
Kia ora Hanna!
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