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Medieval Fair Stories

I'm the King of the Norman, Oklahoma, Medieval fair. It's a three day festival held every spring, and gets about 300,000 visitors. This year, near the end of Day One, we were finishing up packing…Continue

Started Jun 17, 2010

How many tell "original" stories?
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Just curious. A lot of my stories are original. Most of them are set in a make believe Oklahoma town called "Busted Flush," and revolve around holidays throughout the year.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Bullock Oct 5, 2010.

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My parents & teachers were among the first to encourage me to become a Storyteller. They said the yarns I spun to try & get out of trouble were far too good for such limited distribution! I tell mostly original stories, some set in "Busted Flush, Oklahoma, a little town about 100 years SouthEast of the Capitol."

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"Old Father Williams - A Storytelling Man" Podcast - Guests Wanted!

I'm four episodes into the podcast & receiving great feedback from listeners. The podcast is on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, & other platforms.  Each episode has an interview with a teller (local/regional) on how they became a teller, what types of stories they tell, & ask them to tell me a story. Most interviews I've released or scheduled have been with members of "Storytellers of New Mexico" (I live in Albuquerque), with the exception of Lois Keel, from this site.…


Posted on October 17, 2019 at 2:43pm — 3 Comments

Upcoming Storytelling Podcast

I'm in the process of starting a storytelling podcast called "Old Father Williams - A Storytelling Man." The format's pretty simple: I interview a storyteller about how they became a teller, who (or what) their influences are, ask them to share a story, & then tell a story of my own. The definition of 'Storyteller' will be pretty broad, too, including writers, singers, poets, etc. I've got six interviews "in the can" so far, & am working with a local (Emmy winning!) musician…


Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:30pm

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At 10:59pm on October 11, 2012, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

OW!  Glad you were able to have the surgery and it went well, but sorry it has you laid up for so long.  Did you need to cancel any gigs?  May the recovery go well and you find lots of stories to take your mind of the pain.

At 2:38am on July 5, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Glad to hear about the books George. As you'll see not all the stories can be adapted for a modern audience, but they are worth a good read!
At 2:18pm on June 21, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Thanks again George. I'm glad you agree with my sentiments. I also think that stories show us that we are not that different to people from other countries and cultures as well as from different times. When I was telling British tales at the British museum this weekend i had to admit that many stories that we no think of as British came here from the middle east and other far flung places long, long ago!

As for other books, I suggest you take a look at:
Medieval Tales and Stories, Stanley Appelbaum (2000)
Medieval Cautionary Tales, Peter Speed (2003)

At 1:20pm on June 19, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
I've told for the Portsmouth Mary Rose Trust George and it really is an amazing ship (What's left anyway) Better still is the museum of objects brought up with the hull, including the apothecary's chest with jars of ointment that still have the his finger prints in them! Some real human stories there. I'm off telling at the remains of a castle in the North of England tomorrow, at a place called Knaresborough, but when i return I'll send you some more book suggestions. Best, Dave
At 1:35pm on June 18, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Thanks George for your comment on my story blog. In answer to your question the story is an authentic medieval tale and is taken from a collection of 'Medieval Comic Tales' (1972) edited by a number of noted academics including the Chaucer historian, Derek Brewer. A must for any medieval storyteller George!



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