F & F (Facts & Fiction)
I found each chapter very readable, stimulating and I was left enthused and inspired to try some of these ideas... But the heart of the book are the stories themselves and they are a treasure chest of wonderful tales, rich in therapeutic metaphor. Presented in alphabetical order there are creation myths from all over the globe, a good smattering of Grimm's and other classic fairy tales, myths aplenty and some original stories. Many of the stories will be familiar to storytellers but there were plenty that were new to me also... All in all, this is a lovely book and an excellent resource for all those who work with stories therapeutically.
Craig San Roque, Jungian analyst, Northern Territory, Australia
Your great aunts offer you their collected favoured recipes, a locked treasure. "Open," they say, "it is yours now" - and that exactly is this book. With the magic word "Sesame" these three women offer secrets of a uniquely compassionate culture, a form of drama and therapy, melded and seasoned in England over three decades. It is now yours.
Jules Cashford, Jungian analyst and mythologist, London
An inspirational guide to the art of bringing myth alive through drama. Written with passionate feeling and lucid simplicity, this book is indispensable for professionals, and indeed anyone who loves stories and longs to explore them with others and dream them onwards together.
Nancy Mellon MA, Psychotherapist and author, USA
A luminous, hospitable welcome to the many years of the work of the Sesame Institute…how fortunate for therapists, teachers, storytellers, and all who seek and cherish the drama of authentic healing.
Sally Pomme Clayton, performance storyteller and writer, UK
A magnificent resource of key myths and fairy tales. The authors generously impart their prodigious knowledge about the value and meanings of these ancient tales. The book is packed full of ideas and suggestions about how the stories can be taken into movement, voice, and enactment. Along with this the authors give their versions of the tales that have been most important in their work. A collection that is worth its weight in gold.
Jim Fitzgerald, Jungian analyst, London
This book is a tribute of love, an indispensable handbook for therapists, and a treasury full of the archetypal wisdom of the human soul. Love shines through the whole volume - firstly for a deeply-missed mentor and therapist of rare talent, who pioneered a unique way of working therapeutically with myth and story. There is love too for the work itself, and for that company of the soul, the band of Sesame-trained practitioners that has formed over the years. Finally there is the love of story and myth, which make up the book's exquisite treasure. Just whisper the Open Sesame, and you will be greatly blessed with what pours forth from this dazzling source. The healing power of story is laid before us with a largesse that is the legacy of Sesame.
Sue Jennings, dramatherapist, play therapist and author, UK
This is a remarkable book. It is written in a mindful way and is accessible to the reader. At the same time it is underpinned by a sound academic foundation. This is an important book not just for therapists but for teachers, researchers and ordinary folk who are inspired to go on a journey that will change their lives.
Lesley Murdin, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and writer, FPC
This book draws on a wealth of experience in understanding the way the mind works and will change those who read it through the wisdom both of the writers and of the subject.
London Storytelling News
The book is packed full of ideas and suggestions about how the stories can be taken into movement, voice and enactment. Along with this the authors give their versions of tales that have been most important in their work. A collection that is worth its weight in gold.
James Roose-Evans, theatre director and author, London
Here is an invaluable resource book for generations of dramatherapists to come. A treasure trove of stories excavated by three remarkable guides to the unconscious.
Ashley Ramsden, founding director of the International School of Storytelling, UK
If you ever wanted proof about the power of stories and how they can change lives what you have before you are experienced guides, many pathways and remarkable homecomings.
Marian R. Lindkvist, drama and movement therapist, founder of the Sesame Institute, London
I have great pleasure in endorsing this book of story making in the Sesame Approach. I recommend it to all those interested in dramatherapy.
Richard Hougham, principal lecturer, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London
A great resource and welcome contribution to the revival of story and myth in psychotherapy.