“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
– Philip Pullman
Hi, I’m Pridie and welcome to my online home The Wild of the Words! Being a story obsessive and self-confessed addict of the Great Outdoors, every aspect of my work focuses on combining the word with the wild; blending traditional folk narratives, myths and legends with the wild outside to create rich outdoor storying experiences for everyone.
Nowadays, it is easy to feel disconnected from the land and the wild world outside. We are losing that link with the outdoors that makes us feel rooted and whole. But folklore and story offer us the chance to regain and rekindle that special relationship. Not only do myths, legends and age-old stories offer us the chance to animate our outdoor experiences in ways that are emotive, entertaining and inspiring, but they also encourage us to cherish and protect all that stories shared outdoors personify – the oral tradition that has taught us so much across time, and our precious, now precariously balanced, natural world.
After many years of teaching English in secondary schools, running expeditions and spending the whole other half of my life outside, I originally established The Wild of the Words as a way to draw together my outdoor-inspired storytelling projects and experiences. Before long, I found myself performance storytelling professionally with audiences of all ages, delivering corporate storytelling events and educator training, running fire, food and folktale evenings and retreats, and lots of people were following me to hear about how I planned to combine stories and the outdoors next.
Ever since I’ve been small, I’ve combined stories and the outdoors. Family camping holidays saw me spending most of my time hiding in the heather, buried in a book. I would never have survived the stresses of mainstream teaching if I hadn’t spent every weekend high up on a mountain side with plenty of head space, and my number one priority as a mother right now is to make sure my girls feel grounded in the outdoors and constantly inspired by stories; confident in the knowledge that both will guide, inspire, heal and teach them – always.
I want to empower others to embrace and enjoy the outdoors through story - providing you with practical ways and means of reconnecting with the wild outside through narrative and that very special storytelling experience. If you choose to follow me on social media or via my blog then you can expect to encounter plenty of tall tales as well as a heady mix of bushcraft, outdoor activity inspiration and constant recommendations of all the other inspiring writers, storytellers, explorers and adventurers who influence me. I’m all about community – around which all storytelling is centered, of course.
So, the word and the wild. The wild and the word. My ultimate goal is is to prove to you - as Carolyne Larrington (author of Hag: Forgotten Folktales) so perfectly puts it - that “the modern world still holds its magic, if only we can attune ourselves to its enchantments".
I call it ‘outdoor storying’ and I invite you to join me!