One of the pleasures of being the young, energetic new member of the storytelling guild is being the advertised contact. I was called this morning by a storyteller in Toronto who collects storytelling books. A book given by one of the founding members of our small local guild to the local library had joined his … Continue reading Old Meets New
The first live performance of my sock-knitting story.
One of the senior tellers at Baden, very active in his church (as active and formally recognized as he can be without being an ordained priest) told us that a young boy once said, "I like your stories. They don't have morals." Ah, the joys of being with a group of word-loving adults. Once the … Continue reading Amoral Stories
I'm using my podcast addition to help me study for storytelling. I arrange the play list so after every 30 minutes of listening (very approximate -- I let Stuart McLean have his entire hour) I hear the story I'm studying. I tried it a few times before, with recording I had made myself. It worked … Continue reading Recording for Learning, Tips for Storytellers
I don't normally turn on the internet before school, but today I had a burning question: Is it appropriate to tell a story which assumes the knowledge of guardian angels to a multi-cultural class? For school kids, I try to be careful. I don't want to devalue their beliefs, or compete with their family's teachings, … Continue reading Storytelling Research
I admit it, ever since I got an mp3 player at Christmas, I've been hooked -- even to the point of learning a bit of Python (a programming language). Why the programming language? My player's back button is flaky, and I often walk on noisy roads, or listen with kids in the house. It can … Continue reading My Favourite Podcasts
Another recording, of a shorter story, with a different microphone. The recording is here. Let me know how this recording compares to the previous one, and how it compares to what you normally prefer to listen to. The pacing and emotion are, again, performance rather than "audible books".
This is one of my favourite stories to tell. Horrid mic, but it was a useful experience. Editing took a lot longer than I expected. I leave a lot of space when telling. I'm often complimented on my pacing when live, but need to leave less time when recording. MP3 file is here.
There once was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore, as he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He … Continue reading Starfish
Last week we opened the local (G-Guild) storytelling season with a guest teller: Adwoa Badoe. Need I say more? Need I say she was inspiring? Need I say she's gracious and intelligent and graceful and wonderful? She is, you know. She has a very active style of storytelling, and it involves the audience. As she … Continue reading Thanks for the Interruption