Hello, my name is Terrie Howey, although I am sometimes known as the storyteller Red Phoenix.
I am severely dyslexic, and being an oral storyteller has enabled me to find value in my somewhat unusual brain. Thanks to storytelling I have also been able to help myself overcome the many challenges of dyslexia and support others in gaining confidence in communicating and developing a sense of self and place through stories.
Storytelling has enabled me to achieve many goals including working nationally and internationally, undertaking a PhD (I'm in my final months), and writing a book - this book, my debut. These are all things I thought I would never be able to do as dyslexia has created many challenges for me to overcome. I never thought I would be capable of writing a book (61,000 words long) or of becoming a Doctor of Philosophy (hopefully by 2020) in Storytelling and Heritage.
It took me two years longer than planned to create the Buckinghamshire Folk Tales, (published by the History Press), but it has been a huge personal achievement, which at times seemed impossible. If storytelling has taught me anything, it is that the solving of impossible tasks, usually with the help of friends and strangers, brings the greatest satisfactions.
As you can imagine the book launch is a time when I should be celebrating this achievement. However, by the publisher's contract I have to buy my books to sell, and fund the book launch myself, all whilst living on my student bursary. My aim is to raise enough money to buy 100 books (the minimum amount), book a venue, provide refreshments and some entertainment (besides me storytelling). So, I am hoping you can help me raise the money I need to launch my book, because for me it is much more than a book, it is a life-time achievement, and a celebration of overcoming my challenges.
If I am lucky enough to raise more than my goal then I would dearly like to create a CD of the stories, because being dyslexic I am aware of just how hard it is for some people to read text and would like to provide an audio alternative.
Thank you for your interest