What is your relationship to stories? I grew up in a home filled with other peoples stories. Yes my parents told me stories of their ill spent youth, but my family was poor in personal mythology or fables handed down from previous generations. Yes – I had Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. I had piles of children books that my parents read to me, but my parents were poor in stories that they could pass on to me from my ancestors.
If I was poor then Lyn Ford was rich beyond description. In her book Affrilachian Tales she has chosen to share this wealth with the world. I can count the number of storytellers on one hand who tell stories on a daily basis that come from with in their family linage.
I am proud to count Lyn Ford among that select group of American storytellers who are telling stories on stage in front of audiences that they learned at a relatives knee at the age of six or seven.
Reading Mary Hamilton’s new book, Kentucky Folktales, is like taking a storytelling master class that leaves you with its full text instead of sketchy notes and skimpy handouts. Through the use of scary tales, tall tales, folktales, and family tales Hamilton sheds light on such issues as fear, parental neglect and abuse, healthcare, hunting, war, kingly challenges, smart women, and raising babies.
Each tale is followed by a commentary that relates Hamilton’s sources for her tales and notes on how she adapted them for her own storytelling performances. Most of the stories are also followed by the script of one of the original tales, making comparisons and detail mentioned in the commentary easy to follow. Read more »
Written and performed by Jo Radner; $15, including shipping and handling.
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Reviewed By Linda Goodman
I became a fan of Jo Radner at the New England Modern Storytelling Festival in Windsor, Maine in 1997, when I heard her tell a story about outhouses. On that cold (thirty degrees), rainy September Saturday, I also fell in love with the people of Maine. There they stood, bare-footed and wearing shorts, listening in rapt attention to the stories being told. I was reminded of my own Appalachian kinfolk. No amount of Read more »
I just opened my email inbox and once again found on e of those infrequent treastes of the natural world from Doug Elliot. Now I know that if you are like me – you have subscribed to a lot of storytellers email lists. I get emails newsletters about traveling, performing, book writing, and of course, telling stories. Doug is an artist who I have continuously looked forward to reading his newsletters since I first started getting them. I wanted to recommended his writings to you as I know he has yet to let me down.
Doug Elliot’s writing always fills me with the deepest respect for the natural world and how I can interact with it. To be fair – he dosen’t send his newsletter out too often. When he does they are always interesting and entirely unique with in the storytelling community. Doug is the real deal. His storytelling is an outgrowth of his love of the natural world. I hope that he will continue to send me newsletters for years to come.
You can read his latest literary work on his blog – and you can subscribe to his newsletters on the right hand side of the page lower down. Why so hard to find Doug? Also you can read – watch videos or just check him out on his website http://www.dougelliott.com
Storytelling: The Oldest Art
Tales from around the world told by Cris Riedel
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Reviewed By Linda Goodman
This delightful CD, recorded live at Debbie’s Café in Wayland, New York, features familiar multi-cultural tales given new life by the strong voice and enthusiastic telling of an intuitive teller who grabs the essence of each tale and makes it sing. Cris Riedel clearly treasures these stories. From England’s Lazy Jack, the folktale predecessor of Forrest Gump, to Europe’s Clever Manka, who outsmarts the men in her life at every turn, the listener in engaged and eagerly anticipates the next chapter. Read more »
I wrote an article like this back in 2009 – there has been a lot of water under the that bridge and I rarely write articles for this bog – but recently someone twitted about that old post and I thought – what they heck might as well update my readers. Keep in mind that many of these people have become my friends, I apologize to any worthy storytelling blogger who feels excluded form this list.
By the way only four of these storytellers linked to other folks who are writing blogs on the subject of storytelling – bad karma for the rest of you… 3 of them are the top 3 listed. In this world with limited web resources devoted to oral narrative or any form of narrative at all – we have to stick together.
Wow – while my back was turned the Moth has been turning out stories and racking up rewards to the credit of those hard working folks at the Moth office in New york. If you have the chance get your self to a Moth event.