Masako Carey

Storytelling Session
Age Group
5 - 6, 7 - 10
Works in English ONLY

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Japanese-born Storyteller Masako Carey has lived in rural Co Antrim since 2001. Masako tells stories in schools, libraries, and community venues with people of all ages and abilities.

As a child Masako always loved reading but also watching animated Japanese folktale stories on TVThe influence of the world of animation combined with her experience as a kindergarten teacher gives Masako a unique style of telling. Her increasing repertoire of traditional Japanese tales includes those which are both comical and serious and she also tells tales from around the world.

Masako started telling stories professionally after successfully completing a National Open College Networ4k Level 2 qualification in oral storytelling taught by her mentor Liz Weir and local storyteller Stephen O’Hara.

Since then, Masako has performed her stories for adults and children at various events through the Armstrong Storytelling Trust, Libraries NI, Museums NI, Poetry of Ireland, Mid and East Antrim and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

She was a featured storyteller at Belfast Mela and the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival and was awarded with Ethnic Minority Mentoring and Residential Grant by National Lottery Fund through Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Masako was mentored by renowned awarded storyteller Daniel Morden and performed her show of Japanese folktales at the Black Box in Belfast.

During the pandemic, the demand for Masako’s online storytelling spread worldwide to audiences in India, Singapore, the United States and beyond.

Session Details

I tell stories appropriate to various age groups and abilities. Especially for early years groups, I would not restrict myself only to Japanese stories but also incorporate stories which involves hand movements, songs, and activities. In general, I try to interact with the children and have them take part in the storiesIf there are some special themes, I will be happy to incorporate them.

As well as sharing tales, I am hoping my visits help make children more aware of cultural diversity in a gentle and happy way.

I will be happy to hold an online session. I am certified Level 3 Delivering Cultural Awareness Training Trainer. Other than the general storytelling session, I give one-hour Cultural Experience to the primary school children (7-10) through PowerPoint presentations, storytelling and origami demonstrations. 

Age Group Details

I am happy to work with preschool and primary school children

Availability Details

I am based in Co. Antrim but happy to travel

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