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Stories are everywhere and many storytellers are traveling to find the stoiies or maybe the stories find the teller.

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Comment by Silverchin on April 7, 2010 at 10:31am
Premiered, with my telling partner Lucinda Wise, "Triangle: An Event" Mon. Mar. 22 and Wed. Mar 24 here at St. Edward's University in Austin TX. This was a multi-media presentation based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. VERY VERY important event in U.S. Labour History. Our use of storytelling as the "carrier of information" made the event (in the words of one of our university students) " . . .more real; more irritating at the historical outcome; very sad." So, we have been asked what is our next project. Since historical storytelling events, like Triangle, appear to be the "wave of the future" at most of the small liberal arts schools here in the U.S. both of us are rather excited as to what other projects we can create. Additionally, Lucinda and I have hopes of premiering "Triangle" at the 2011 Tejas Storytelling Festival (feedback on this being positive so far) as a warm up for the public performance on March 25, 2011 - the 100th commemoration of the Triangle tragedy.

As a side note - I have discovered the fairy tales of Wilhelm Hauff - wow, really cool -
Comment by Luís Correia Carmelo on April 7, 2010 at 10:20am
Thank you all for your answers, Doria and Kavin. And Clare.
Kevin, sure Braga is a wonderful place. I was once in the same festival. I don´t work in Braga very often but I have friends there and I use to work in a city nearby, Guimarães. I live and work mostly in the south, although this country is very small and once a month I go to the north.
Clare, thank you for your tips (?) I will ask the group applied storytelling. What is your blog direction? We will be in touch, Luis.
Comment by Doria Hughes on April 7, 2010 at 6:58am
Ahh, Blodeuwedd...... No there's a tragic tale if ever there was one, but beautifully rendered in the Mabinogi. I studied this fairly extensively in grad school, back when I was getting my masters in Celtic Languages and Literatures. The character of Lleu is very important in that story. I looove chatting about these marvelous stories, happy to field any questions you might have on 'em.
Comment by Kevin Walker on April 7, 2010 at 6:40am
Hola Luìs...and Clare....what a great response you are getting to your gooses...geese..sorry! Obviously touched a chord in many tellers hearts...but then this can be a lonely profession so it is good to hear of ways, especially a story way, to bring "us" together.
Good luck Luís with your studies in storytelling...there are alot around to look at, but as Clare suggested, a general request on here will get some helpful replies I am sure.
I was at Braga University a couple of years ago telling at their story festival...what a lovely place.
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on April 7, 2010 at 5:42am
Ola querido luis

thank you, I love the goose story too.
Bibliography on papers done on storytelling as a performance art....hmmm. I don't know. I am currently compiling an online archive of papers, research and any published material on why storytelling works. Its on my blog and discussion page, you could post your question on there? But I think it best if you ask the question in the group on here called Applied Storytelling, they might be able to help you.

As for the Blodeuwedd story, best to ask someone more in touch with the Mabinogian stories. Try a Welsh teller or the English tellers they all know that cycle pretty well.

Hope you are keeping well
your english is wonderful, it's lovely to be in touch
Comment by Luís Correia Carmelo on April 7, 2010 at 5:32am
Ola clare… amazing story. It is so full of meanings that it is hard to believe. It’s a shame you don´t know the source of that study.
And talking about sources I would like to profit from this media and ask to you and everybody: I am looking for bibliography about storytelling. Not technics, but theory on storytelling as a performance art. Can you help me?
Ps. Someone asked about a traditional owl story: Blodeuwedd, from welsh tradition, look in Mabinogion, the last story in the Fourth Branch, Math son of Mathonwy.
Forgive the english.
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on April 5, 2010 at 8:47am
Ah tony
you've got the long view! Great stuff. HONK!
Comment by Tony Cuckson on April 5, 2010 at 7:10am
Dear Clare, Love the goosestory. Feel inspired to begin a story combing the beauty of the Mary Oliver poem Wild Geese and the history of Ireland centred around the flight of the Wild Geese. This could be a kind of story inviting international links between the beauty of the USA and Ireland and the historical with the mystical.
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on April 5, 2010 at 4:18am
HONK HONK Marianne!!!
Comment by Marianne Christensen on April 5, 2010 at 2:24am
How wonderful to read your comments here.
I like your comments on the goosestory and the ego.
Berit, I think it is important that we believe in the work for ALBA, as we each take the thread in our own ways. I have great respect for the people who started this work and gave me the oppotunity to find a way in which I can engage my heart in storytelling.

At the conference in Göteborg last weekend I got so inspired by all the speakers who are so devoted to working with people in helping them to unlock their creativity. All great egos in their own ways. But having a 'big ego' doesn't mean that we can't also want to help others and be tiny dots in the Universe at the same time.

Sometimes I feel that my ego takes over, but when I work with storytelling for healing and soothing I feel totally overwhelmed by being part of something that is much bigger than me.

I have been the happy and strong goose flying in front for a long time. Now I am happy to let myself drift a little backwards in the flock and let others take over.
I am still here in the flock anyway!

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