It began because I had to give up the clinical psychology career I loved due to serious illness. There's a Siberian saying: 'If you don't know the trees you may be lost in the forest: if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life.'
I did feel lost without my career, but the world of storytelling gave me back a community, a tribe of wonderful supportive people who come together to share the joy and the wisdom that stories contain.
Whether they’re true or fictional, happy or sad, chilling, exciting or funny, there's a message. There’s a truth in stories that bond people together, whatever their background or circumstances.
Clubs like these have the power to combat loneliness and isolation to a degree I could never have imagined. Several members have told me: “This club has saved my life”. If you’re thinking about starting a club like this in your local community, just do it. You never know the completely unexpected good it might do.
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