Richmond woman becomes full-time storyteller

Rhoda Fraser in costume.

A Richmond woman is set to become a full-time storyteller and “walking tourist information guide”.

Rhoda Fraser is well-known in the town for running the ghost walks, which she has done since 2004, for Richmond Town Council.

This gave her a taste for storytelling which she is hoping to develop into a full-time career.

Rhoda said: “I decided in 2018 that I would like to do storytelling full-time.

“I now have a website and am taking a course on creative writing at the library. Life is full of new ideas and new places to visit. I now realise that been creative makes my heart sing.”

Rhoda says she has always had a creative mind, winning a Brook Bond competition for creative writing aged ten.

She added: “I also have a love of local history of the Dales and Richmond.

“This gave me the idea to develop a new walk in Richmond along by the River Swale.

“There is so much history in the town to share with the visitors I think of myself as a walking tourist information guide.

“Over the last 40 years I have been a member of Richmond Operatic society which has given me confidence to get out there and speak to people.

“I love costumes and so dress as the Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill for my Ghost Walks and have a storytelling coat for my other walks or children’s events.”

Rhoda plans to continue her Richmond walks, as well as branching out up into the Dales.

“I will be also teaming up with the museums in Reeth and Richmond which gives me amazing spaces to work in.

“I am developing reminiscence work with elderly care groups and care homes, not forgetting the Richmond Storytelling Circle which meets the last Monday of the month.”

For more details on Rhoda’s storytelling click here.