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NOSE TO NOSE MEETS LIS’N TELL : live inclusive storytelling

In this one day taster workshop, we invite you to discover both Live inclusive Storytelling and Nose to Nose Clowning. 

With much common ground and many differences, Nose to Nose Clowning with Lis ‘n Tell presents a day to explore the freedom of play, imagination and storytelling.

Our aim is  to inspire more playful connections and presence in our everyday interactions with the human beings that we work or share our lives with.


Nose to Nose with Lis’n Tell

Louise Coigley (Lis’n Tell, SLT) and Ali Stockford (Nose to Nose Clown facilitator, teacher) have known each other for quite a few years now and are rather partial to a coffee and a long chat. In fact three hours can pass in a flash and each of us has a funny or touching story to tell. It comes from a passion. We are both very fortunate to work in the field of artistic expression and disability. Individually we have worked in schools and on various projects as facilitator, storyteller, teacher and SLT. We have consciously and unconsciously developed new ways of thinking and practice around the nurturing and recognising of individual and artistic expression.

In our work, everything is welcomed and part of the story.


We welcome…

Mums. dads, siblings (18+)



Arts and Disability leaders

Teaching assistants


Foster Carers




Hospital Clowns

And anyone who is interested in and /or working in the field of disability


About Live and inclusive Storytelling

Lis’n Tell:live inclusive storytelling 

A tasty introduction for people who work and/or live with individuals with complex communication needs

Lis’n Tell is an inclusive way of telling a story that promotes and develops spontaneous intentional communication.The aim is to acknowledge and include what is happening live – in the moment.The Key Teller, who may be a volunteer, member of the family, carer, teacher, assistant, storyteller or therapist,begins to tell a story with sensory props, gestures and voice (or Sign Language), acknowledging,including and expanding the participants’ interests and spontaneous responses. Participants are invited to increasingly take over the story in their own ways. Lis’n Tell is about allowing learners to reveal what they already know. It’s also about giving them space, choices and modelling responses. Educational and therapeutic aims are woven into the story. Forms of alternative augmentative communication, speech, language, imaginative and social skills can creatively combine during Lis’n Tell. It is process not performance oriented. There are myriad roles in live inclusive storytelling, from a Keeper of an Object, who simply holds something, to a full blown Narrator, according to individual needs and strengths. www.lisntell.co.uk


About Clowning

THROUGH Clowning
We connect to our playful spirit. We develop and sustain in ourselves and each other the courage to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves. We befriend the fears that block us from being fully present in the here and now. The path of the Clown is simple, vulnerable and naive reminding us to dance lightly through life.

ABOUT Clowning

Clowning is a state of playfulness that brings us to experience a child-like, naïve and vulnerable state of being. Paradoxically we grow, learn and are strengthened through reconnecting playfully with what makes us most vulnerable. This approach to clowning is not a technique (tricks, gags and routines) but a personal journey towards finding one’s own unique way of being a clown, by listening and being receptive, essential skills for any creative and imaginative expression. It is only when we let go of our control over things that we begin to be surprised by the depth of what reveals itself to us.




Louise Coigley (Lis’n Tell),

Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) & Storyteller has long loved Nose to Nose Clowning and its liberating benefits. 

While a volunteer in Camphill communities over thirty years ago, Louise founded Live Inclusive Storytelling (Lis’n Tell). She also worked for many years with the NHS, undertaking research evaluating Lis’n Tell with Brighton Sussex Medical School Postgraduate Department. Louise subsequently taught there, and on the postgraduate Speech Pathology & Therapy training at Greenwich Medway University and at Kent University on the MA Drama programme.

Lis’n Tell has taken Louise to four continents, working with young people and training adults: SLTs, OTs, Parents, Carers, Storytellers, Teachers and Children’s Librarians. Lis’n Tell is used in several special educational and NHS settings across the UK, including Treloar College in Hampshire, Link Primary School in Croydon and the Children’s Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service for Hackney. 

Louise has collaborated previously with Ali Stockford, inviting her to work with Lis’n Tell Advanced Practitioners, who all rated Ali’s input very highly, still referring to it several years later.

This year Louise is performing a show based on her work: “Inch by Inch the Starry Worlds” at Emerson College and an autobiographical performance : “Back to Back” at The Labyrinth Arts Festival in Dorset.

Louise has trained members of Accessible Theatre in Education Companies, such as Peoplescape and Frozen Light. Routledge published Louise’s invited chapter in ‘Storytelling, Special Needs and Disabilities, Practical Approaches for Children and Adults’. www.lisntell.co.uk


Alison Stockford (Clowning)

Ali is thrilled to collaborate with Louise Coigley from Lis’n Tell to bring, what we hope will be, an informative and nourishing space for those working in the field of disabled children and adults.

Ali has been facilitating workshops with Nose to Nose since 2016 and is passionate about what clowning can bring to human beings.

Ali has been connected to the theatre and performing arts from a young age and later, as a teacher, found herself at home facilitating space for people to tap into a personal artistic expression previously under wraps!. 

The meeting of Nose to Nose with Lis’n Tell is an exciting one

Previous teaching experience with disabled people includes : leading the Performing Arts department at St Mary’s School and College, Bexhill and Active Arts, Hastings. Ali is a visiting theatre teacher at Boathouse Theatre group, Bexhill for adults with SEND. 

Currently Ali collaborates with Kate Napier-Brown on a Nose to Nose initiative named ‘ Clowns Allowed’  taking Nose to Nose Clowning workshops into Colleges and Theatre projects for disabled adults and young people. 

A member of the Nose to Nose Team, UK, Clown facilitation has also taken her into training work for the Giggle Doctors , Lis’n Tell Speech and Language practitioners UK,  Openmind-ed charity with Bristol University medical students, Know Dementia charity, East Sussex and social clowning at The imaginarium- a conference for eco poets at Anglia Ruskin University.

Fee : £100

Date and times:
12th October 2024
The course begins at 10am
Ends on  the same day at 6pm

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex

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Step 2 – Accommodation and meals

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NOTE: Your place can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit. As the fee quoted usually only covers the course fee, please check you know the total cost of the course (course fee + accommodation and meals).

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Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

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