stories. for grownups.

Storytelling and Workshops

Pat’s “Storytelling For Grownups” comes to life in small venues like community centers, women’s gatherings, libraries and assisted living facilities. Storytelling workshops also help others tell their own stories with pizazz.

Story Coaching

After more than 30 years of writing and telling stories from her own life, Pat put down her pen, quit her writing groups, and stopped booking storytelling gigs. This is how she began her work of bringing out the stories of others.

True Tales Live

True Tales Live on Portsmouth Public Media TV is like going to storytelling school: travel to foreign places, experience different cultures, identify with the losses and loves of others in this ever-expanding community of shared stories — both on and off the air.

One-Woman Shows

About Pat

“A good story has been the whole story of my working career.” For over 30 years, Pat Spalding adapted folktales, fairytales, and myths for performance, wrote stories and plays and earned her living as a puppeteer. But life stories have always interested her most.

People Are Talking

“Spalding is an exceptional storyteller because she’s brave; she never shies away from something that might be off-putting or too telling.”

Jeanné McCartin

Portsmouth Herald

… a compelling spell, so vivid, emotionally truthful, and real.

Stephanie Nugent

producer of ACT ONE Theatre Festival

The more honest people can be with what’s important, the more powerful the work is. And yours was both.

Joanne Connolly

choral conductor and singer

My goodness, it made me want to go skiing, and listen to fantastic music, and tell my family that I love them!

Leslie Pasternack

theatre director and playwright