Openstorytellers have won a national award for storytelling at the British Association of Storytelling Excellence (BASE Awards) 2013. They were voted the most ‘Outstanding Community Project’ in the UK. The charity were shortlisted by a panel of experts then there was a public vote across the country. There were 847 nominations in total and at one time, over 100 votes were being cast online each day.
Accepting the award on behalf on the charity, Nicola and Clemma travelled to Milton Keynes where they were thrilled to receive such public recognition. Nicola said; “We were so honoured to be recognised among such incredibly talented storytellers. This award is for all our performers, management team, staff and volunteers who have all given so much over the last year, above and beyond what we could have ever asked for. We feel so lucky and thrilled to be surrounded by amazing supporters, many here in Frome, who took the time to vote for us. It means the world to us all.”
Taffy Thomas OBE, a patron of Openstorytellers, won two awards, for ‘Outstanding Male Storyteller’ and ‘Outstanding Storytelling Performance’. In his acceptance speech, he said; “If I stand tall, it’s due to those who have gone before”.
The aim of the BASE awards is celebrate, promote and acknowledge storytelling in all its diverse forms, and the many talented and highly creative people who keep this incredible tradition alive.