Nana Tomova

The Story Apothecary

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The Story Apothecary

I am a storyteller. A storyteller of oral stories, of poetry and of images through my photography. I have been deeply connected with stories since a child.

I love being in nature, especially in the mountains. It’s that feeling of flow at same time being like a small spec – insignificant in the wild landscape, but knowing that all that wilderness exists in me. When I take a nature photograph I think to myself “how would I want to portray that mountain or that waterfall to its truest essence”, so that it is a reflection of itself, rather than a distortion. I have a great deal of respect for the nature around me when I take that photograph. It is like I am writing a poem about the landscape and to the landscape through that photograph.

Similarly to my photography, my main inspiration for my poetry is nature. Especially if I’ve had some time alone in nature – it doesn’t have to be long – just an hour or two will suffice. I find nature very beautiful, inspirational and healing. There is a richness out there that I haven’t been able to access or find elsewhere. I’ve learned so much from her, and have found so much wisdom from being out in the land in the “more than human world” in the words of David Abram.

 

As a storyteller, the themes with which I connect to the most are nature, gender, community and mental health. I trained as a storyteller at the International School of Storytelling, Emerson College. I use stories therapeutically as a means of healing, to connect people together, to bring back childhood wonder or as medicine.

I have 10 years’ experience working in healthcare as a mental health specialist and as a qualified pharmacist. Since becoming a storyteller, I have become a dispenser of stories in my daily work. I am a professionally qualified guide (Lowland Leader Award) and I use storytelling during my guided nature walks. I also have an enhanced DBS check and I am fully insured.

If you would like to hear more, have any questions or would like to work together, please do contact me.

Acknowledgements:

I would like to thank my teachers -

Natasha Lythgoe - my wilderness guide, my photography teacher, my creativity mentor. I would never have started on this journey without her.

Roi Gal-Or with who I began my journey as a storyteller.

Shonaleigh Cumbers who taught me how to work with story with such respect and wonder.

 

With warm regards,

Nana

Nana Tomova is a Storyteller, Poet, Photographer and Nature Guide based in Sussex, UK  

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