Press Play to hear Storyteller Diane Edgecomb talk about place based nature storytelling on the Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf.
In this interview with Eric, I speak about how the various elements of nature mythology can be an enlivening force both for those who hear you tell and for your own journey into this ancient form of meaning. Storytelling a landscape and being storied by it is one of the most intimate and rewarding nature journeys one can take.
For over twenty years I have been on that journey, researching and retelling stories from the old mythologies and crafting original nature and environmental tales. Along that road nature myths – whether seasonal, being or place based – have so often been my guide and my compass. They have given me an invaluable touchstone – a more ancient way of perceiving things – one that has a sense of deep compassion as well as a belief in the limitless possibilities that lie behind the mask of appearances. Deep in their center there is the light of meaning. The various cultures grew these “world stories” over time. It took centuries for them to articulate and reveal their insight into the mythological and archetypal essence of a being or place. When revisiting these myths the utmost care and respect is needed. Research, time, meditation, and a compassionate scientific tuning into the actual place or nature being is needed until at last these stories truly shine with the light of our own search.
This conversation is a reflection on nature myths and how they can still help us to find our way home to a deep sense of belonging in this world.
One of the most versatile voices in the storytelling movement today, Diane has been lauded by Publisher’s Weekly as a master of her craft. Her Storytelling Concerts accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain have timeless themes ranging from Solstice Events rich in seasonal mythology to classic Celtic tales, such as her award-winning adaptation of Deirdre of the Sorrows. Original stories include Storytelling World Honors Award winner Pattysaurus and Twilight of the Stones a true ghost story about the Standing Stones of England. Nationally recognized for her leadership in linking storytelling to nature themes and environmental education.
Edgecomb has designed performances and workshops for leading nature organizations throughout the Northeast. She has been featured regularly at Three Apples Storytelling Festival, on NPR, at Charlestown Working Theater and at acclaimed folk clubs such as Club Passim. Her book A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales, consisting of folktales collected firsthand from Kurdish storytellers, was published by Libraries Unlimited/Greenwood Press in January, 2008. Publisher’s Weekly stated: “A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word.”