My form of story telling is to tell adults… legends, myths, fairy tales, riddles, urban tales, and moral fables from around the world. Sometimes, I tell listening stories, sometimes sharing stories and sometimes stories they grow. Cinderella is a listening story, the Turtle of Koka is a sharing story (I chant some lines, they respond to what is chanted) and a growing story asks questions of the audience so they shape what is told. When you do story telling you pull at the roots of human language and consciousness. If you want to be real fancy, talk about the historical role of stories in breaking down a bicameral mind in which cognitive functions, divide the brain, into "speaking”, and listening/obeying sections. Think facing a problem and hearing a “god” giving instructions rather then reflecting on your choices. This view draws on the controversial theories of psychologist, Julian Jaynes.
The bardic tradition combines music, poetry and storytelling based on a pagan love of nature. You tell classical Celtic stories such as The Sons of Tuirenn that lasts 20-30 minutes or even an hour. The Bardic Handbook by Kevan Manwaring gives you an idea of how to tell stories within a modern Celtic Bardic tradition as part of a contemporary pagan life.
My style combines the two forms. I use the Dragon teeth technique. Essentially, you break a story into nine images related to a 3-act structure. You then use this to improvise the story to or with the audience. I also take traditional stories, and adapt these to another period or situation. For example, I adapted a Persian story and set it in the