Our Storytellers is a way for us to show the world the amazing content creators that are part of the STORYSTOCK Community. Each week a different storyteller tells us a little bit about who they are and the work they work we do. This weeks storyteller is Fiona Foulkes from the UK....
1. Where in the world are you based?
I am based in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, UK. Hemel is infamous for two things. A very large explosion at the oil storage facility at Buncefield, which measured 2.4 on the Richter scale, and the magic roundabout, a roundabout which encompasses six smaller roundabouts so drivers can go either way around.
2. Tell us a little about your professional background?
I worked in the charity sector for 10 years writing human interest stories to promote events. I now freelance and have set up RAW as a platform to tell true-life stories. These stories are told through both the written word and, via live storytelling events, the spoken word.
3. What type of projects do you work on?
Human interest stories. I write about all the weird and wonderful people that live in Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding area. Some stories are heartbreaking, some are inspiring, some surreal and some inspirational.
4. What project are you most proud of?
One of the first people I talked to when I set up RAW was a homeless man who I used to chat to occasionally when I went running along the canal. Over a cup of coffee he told me his amazing story and we have stayed friends. Read that story here.
5. What do you like to in your down time?
I like to keep fit so I am a keen, but slow, runner and a keen, but slightly faster, swimmer. I dabble in the odd triathlon.
6. What's the one piece of advice you would give other content creators? I don’t think I am well placed to give advice as I am still learning, but I would say not to be afraid to experiment. It might not work, but then again, it just might, and that’s where your best work will come from.
To view Fiona's STORYSTOCK portfolio click here.