Like many face-to-face interpreters, I’ve been a storyteller my whole life. I would make up stories for other kids in playgroups, shops, the waiting room at dentist’s office… wherever I could really. My mother called it a “flair for the dramatic”, but really I was just story-telling. I had no idea where it would lead […]
In interpretation, less is usually best – except perhaps when it comes to the interpretation brief. Whether you are briefing an interpretive writer, performer, designer, artist, digital tech whiz, shop fitter or all the above, the more information you can provide the better. A detailed brief is essential for getting back what you want. Leaving […]
It’s been ten days since we met at North Head in Auckland for our annual workshop under the theme “The value of interpretation.” That time has allowed me to reflect on what I learned, what shiny new ideas I can add into my interpretative tool box. But is has also allowed me to reflect on […]
Brevity. Get straight to the point.
At every course I attend there is always at least one – often more – pearls of wisdom that shine out for me. At our Inclusive Interpretation workshop held at Rapaki Marae and Auckland Zoo last year Gail Richard shared this gem, which is relevant to first-person guiding; “Find out who is coming on your […]
There’s a huge rock near my house in Christchurch. It’s a famous landmark, one that stands at the entrance to the beach community of Sumner, beside the channel that links the ocean to the estuary. It used to be known as Shag Rock. After the February 2011 earthquakes it got switched up to Shagged Rock. […]