I often think about this blog as being a type of compass. A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation and it shows us which direction we should go. They are usually used when someone is on an adventure, which is what I believe we are all on; an adventure. So, welcome to my adventure. Please pour yourself a drink (hot chocolate is my preference) grab a handful of peanuts (or whatever takes your fancy) and sink into a comfortable chair, while I indulge you in what I hope this blog will be.
Primarily, I see it as a creative storyboard of all the things I love in life and how through mindfulness, hard work and lots of creative fun, we can navigate life and live life to the full. Essentially, I hope this blog becomes a hub for learners, creative thinkers, readers, writers, dreamers, travellers and storytellers of all ages. Storytelling is the one thing that connects us all. We do it every day, largely without even realising we are doing it. Since humans first walked the earth we have told stories. Through cave drawings, over campfires, through music and drama, in pubs and in hairdressers – in this new age, we get to do it through cyberspace! Myths and legends, ancient and modern, stories have shaped our existence from the beginning of time, justified our lives, confused us, terrified us, made us laugh aloud, made us cry and shown us love.
So, let me start by telling you a little story about the writer behind the blog. I am a writer… in training at least. I am also a learning mentor in a primary school. I live in a beautiful, often pungent place, with mystical scenery, which my brother-in-law cannot pronounce and which has now become known as ‘Gruffalo Gruffalo’. I adore animals, owning a loyal canine, called ‘Redrick Ronald Kinton’ but we just call him Red (not very original I know). I have travelled the world alone and in the best company possible. I’ve gone off the rails like any other and clambered back on the rails more determined than ever. I’ve apparently done a lot of things backwards, which brings me to think the original order of life could be slightly askew. My greatest pleasure is learning new things and doing what people say I cannot do. My imagination is broad and my mind is sharp. My heart is utterly full and taken for reasons my tongue could never explain. I have relished in words, storytelling and theatre since my eyes first opened. I hope now you will relish with me in what I hope will be a fantastical and creative adventure for us all.
At the forefront of my adventure is my family, therefore the travelling we have done, the shows we have seen and any experience that has enriched us in some way might pop up. I will be launching ‘Mrs Kinton’s Book Club’ blog, which is specifically aimed at KS2 children (8-12years). Then there will be lots of book reviews on books I’ve read along the way that have stayed with me for one reason or another – these will be books for all ages. I also aim to storytell my way through my final English Literature degree year, painstakingly or not, I believe no matter what age we are, there are still many things we can learn through reading and storytelling. I am still learning. I don’t think I will ever want to stop. I may have moments where I discuss and practise my poetry, short stories and story structures, texture and rhythm, so please bear with me on this. And maybe, just maybe my stories might enrich your experience of life, for I do believe that through words we learn thoughts, and through thoughts, we learn life.
© Claire Kinton 2020