098: Compassion, Care, and Children’s Lit with Amber Wood, the Storylady

Would you like to hear a story? How about a song?

Enjoy a conversation with Amber Wood about self-care, children’s literature, feelings, breathing and much more (including a song for self-soothing!).

Amber Wood Photo credit: Suzuran Photography

Amber Wood is the Founding Storylady and Artistic Director of Lightbulb Heart, a storytime and collaborative theatre company in Hamilton, Ontario that celebrates empathy and lifelong play. In 2018, Amber took a 6,000 mile roadtrip conducting childplay workshops with adult creatives before embedding in Durham, NC to devise the first draft of There’s An Easy-Bake Oven Where My Heart Should Be with Emily Hill. The Easy-Bake project is an exploration of rediscovering kid wisdom as a pathway to grownup emotional well-being.  Amber has been reading aloud with children across North America for 25 years. Passionate about helping folks of all ages develop literacy skills and a love of reading, you may often find her sitting in the floors of libraries and independent bookstores looking for her next favourite tales. Amber is currently scheming for Virtual Storytime to ameliorate some of the stress of COVID-19 related school closures. All of her recorded stories will be of works in the public domain.

Resources for COVID-19 related school closures can be found on Amber’s website at: https://lightbulbheart.org/links/



Smythe, E. Louise. A Primary Reader: Old-time Stories, Fairy Tales and Myths Retold by Children. (1896)

Van Camp, Richard. May We Have Enough To Share. Orca Book Publishers (2019). 

Witek, Jo. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings. Harry N. Abrams (2014). 


A Big Sea Star: Kids OT Paediatric Occupational Therapy Services  


Seriously, Read a Book! 

Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression training: Bernadette Arthur with A Shared Table and Kelly Germaine

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Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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