Creative inspiration: Katrice Horsley, national storytelling laureate

  • Katrice Horsley, national storytelling laureate

    Katrice Horsley, national storytelling laureate

  • Iambe. She is the Greek goddess of satire and jest. She speaks out of her labia, the desire and passion centre, yet has heart and intellect as well. She represents the triumvirate brain and true connection and communication.

    Iambe. She is the Greek goddess of satire and jest. She speaks out of her labia, the desire and passion centre, yet has heart and intellect as well. She represents the triumvirate brain and true connection and communication.

  • Clockwork toy. This image displays how we are all marionettes within preformed social narratives. We are moulded by words, but who speaks them?

    Clockwork toy. This image displays how we are all marionettes within preformed social narratives. We are moulded by words, but who speaks them?

  • Modern truths. Often my stories are triggered by modern truths that are as strange as fairy tales. 'The man who turned into wood' is almost a horrific inversion of the Pinocchio tale.

    Modern truths. Often my stories are triggered by modern truths that are as strange as fairy tales. 'The man who turned into wood' is almost a horrific inversion of the Pinocchio tale.

  • Constraint. My work explores the idea of the corsetry or constraints of social constructs on our identity.

    Constraint. My work explores the idea of the corsetry or constraints of social constructs on our identity.

  • The apple. This is a strong archetype in many different cultures and, to me, represents the universality of storytelling.

    The apple. This is a strong archetype in many different cultures and, to me, represents the universality of storytelling.

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I am synaesthetic, so I experience one sense through another. It gives me a deeply sensual connection with language. I physically feel words as shapes and textures in my mouth.

I believe this is why I enjoy stories so much and what makes me successful as a wordsmith. The images I have chosen represent the things that inspire me.

Scroll through the gallery above to see my inspiration.

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