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 »
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Recently I asked the storytell listserv a resource provided by the National Storytelling Network a simple question -When I say LOVE – what story, myth, fable or fairy tale first comes to mind?
Below are all the responses that I got to my question…
Beverly Nelson Comer Cinderella was the first story to come to my mind. Carolyn Stearns Cinderella, I even make conversational references like home before my coach became a pumpkin Brian Fox Ellis Baucus and Philomen, the Greek myth I most often perform at weddings! Liz Nichols I’m kind of an anti-sentimentalist, so I like the myth of Artemis and Orion – it doesn’t have a happy ending – especially because Orion is clearly visible in the sky in February. Carol Connolly The Blue Rose
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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 »