Author details

Renita Boyle

Biography

Renita Boyle has been described as ‘a remarkable storyteller – a powerball of imagination and inventiveness, who can keep young audiences spellbound and older listeners thinking.’ Her repertoire includes stories that are rowdy and reflective, traditional and tall. She has a particular fondness for moral tales and faith stories - personal and spiritual development. She is accredited in Godly Play and her published works include Parable Fun for Little Ones, Parachute Fun for Everyone and My Storytime Bible. She supports LAPIDUS - Literary Arts in Personal Development - and facilitates both verbal and written exploration of memoir and poetry.

Renita is as passionate about training as telling. She is on the planning team for the Wigtown Book Festival and regularly facilitates workshops for teachers, leaders and ministers and acts as a resource for organisations and individuals who want to unearth material, develop programmes or improve their skills. Renita is a keen silly songstress and has been gathering stories and skills for most of her life. She grew up in America where her Great Grandfather was a lumberjack brim full of Paul Bunyan stories. She moved to Scotland in 1985 and continues to enjoy the rich global tradition of tale-telling. She has been known to make it rain, played the back end of an elephant and can play the bagpipe with her nose.

Current events and projects

As well as performing, Renita facilitates workshops and residencies in storytelling, story writing and life-writing. She is comfortable with all age groups and adept at working with those who have learning difficulties and/or other special needs. She found it particularly rewarding to support deafblind people in accessing and expressing their own experiences. Renita has featured at bonfires, book days and birthdays; clubs, camps and country parks; churches and schools, conferences and festivals; parents and tots groups; libraries, guilds and gardens; retreat days and relays – not to mention a dentist’ office and in a lift (to a truly captive audience!) She enjoys A Curriculum for Excellence and uses a variety of methods to appeal across the learning styles: repetition, rhythm and rhyme; actions and audience participation; parachutes and puppets; music, masks and hats and book-making projects. Her themes include: Bear Tales & Critter Capers; Birds, Bugs & Blooms; Brilliant Me; Eco-tales & Fairtrade; Farm Fun; Funky Folk & Fable; Heroes & Zeros; Jungle Drums; Kingdoms & Creatures; Life of Jesus; Mars, Stars & Travels Afar Parables & Promises; Seashore & More; Weatherwise & Otherwise; Wonderful Wildlife. You can see samples of Renita’s work & keep up with her on her blog www.renitaboyle.com.

Other work

My Storytime Bible, Parachute Fun for Everyone, Parable Fun for Everyone

Local authority where they are based

Dumfries and Galloway

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Poet, Storyteller, Writer

Language

English