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Hello, Layne, the Philosoph

It's a fairly straightforward thing to tell a story. You open your mouth, and if you're not tongue-tied, out it comes in one way or another.

However, it's quite a different thing to cycle across Continental America on a flimsy looking contraption that in a Mary Poppins film would take off in a good breeze, and still tell stories. Especially when you're filled with so much novel imagery of America, having expended so many BTU's.

So, Layne, congratulations on your Crazy Guy… Continue

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 8:06pm — 1 Comment

Angelina Jolie, My “Grendel’s Mother” is Uglier

For those of you who enjoyed Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf, a rollicking good film adaptation of the old English poem––I certainly did (I watched it twice)––my 1-hour storyteller’s version of Beowulf may surprise you. Firstly, Ms. Jolie is much prettier than I am, but then again, I’m a man, and the “Grendel’s Mother” that screams from the fens in my version of the story isn’t pretty anyway, or supposed to be.

Quite the opposite, in fact. Like Grendel himself, she’s much… Continue

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 5:23pm

Bodkin's Beowulf and A Christmas Carol

Wanted to let you all know that I have added two new tales to my repertory:

BEOWULF (1 hour)

Also a MySpace page, Music samples.

Also, made a few videos for YouTube. Type in "odds bodkin" and there I will be!

Peace to all,


Posted on September 1, 2009 at 11:35am

Odds Bodkin at Chautauqua in Boulder

Hi, everybody. I'll be performing at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, CO on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 pm.

for for the kickoff of:

Storytelling: A Chautauqua Tradition

Odds Bodkin Family Storytelling Concert

Friday, May 16, 7pm Auditorium : $10 adults, $5 children, students, seniors Buy Tickets

Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin, called “a consummate storyteller” by The New York Times, performs family stories self-accompanied on twelve-string guitars,… Continue

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 7:56am

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At 10:35pm on October 24, 2009,
Michael Forestieri

How do you use the harp in your performances?

At 10:21pm on October 24, 2009,
Michael Forestieri
Hi Odds,

You're right about Robin Williamson, I found a video of him, online, performing The Parting Glass. What a treat to see him live, no doubt.

Sometimes, I employ my harps as sound effects during the telling. Other times, I play and sing a little tune to open and close a tale or incorporate a bit of song throughout as a hook. Not to mention, playing a piece outright in between stories just to break things up. I'm working on a story, The Tenderhearted Fool, where my aim is to get the audience to join me in the harp song at the end of the tale for a finishing touch.

Your Rage of Hercules is a great piece of work. I listened to part of it a while ago. How was the Granite State Festival in New London? What did you tell there?

I'm still getting the hang of all the social media so my Professional Storyteller page is still under development. Thanks for the welcome!

Michael Forestieri
At 7:13pm on October 22, 2009, Odds Bodkin said…
Hi, Doria. Yes, the guerilla approach is a good way to storm the barbicans of Bostonian beer drinkers who may well turn their heads to listen and lo and behold show up at a festival or even, in the dreams afloat in the heads of their stouts, fancy themselves ready to hold forth with a word or two themselves. Just be sure they throw coins or bills of some sort, into some sort of container that everybody can keep their eyes on.

Beer indeed sets the muse afloat. Best of luck to the slammers.

Yes, I perform in the Boston area all the time. I'll be appearing at the Cambridge Forum on December 6th, with Maria Tatar, to discuss storytelling in the modern world.
I think I'm about to ruffle their format somewhat, in that, as a practitioner, I'm going to tell a story as my introductory remarks. Wish me luck.

At 6:58pm on October 22, 2009, Doria Hughes said…
No worries! The Syracuse show sounds fun; any chance that you'll be performing in the Boston area anytime soon? We at massmouth (Mass-based storytellers' group) are leading our first story slam this Monday evening at a Boston pub. Since beer and storytelling have had such a long and storied (heh heh) relationship throughout history, it seemed appropriate. We've decided to take a guerilla-telling approach, and have begun infiltrating non-traditional venues with unexpected storytelling performances. So far, no one has thrown rotten tomatoes, so I am pleased.
Rock the house in Syracuse!
At 4:08pm on August 14, 2008, Doria Hughes said…
Hi Odds,
We first met at Rowe camp a couple years back, and as a result I finally made the jump to "professional" storyteller, as opposed to "woman-who-obsessively-collects-stories-and-hoards-them-in-her-brain". When people ask me, what gave you the kick in the pants to make this step? Well, I just smile and blame you for everything.
Thank you (I mean that) and Happy Tales,
At 8:42am on May 6, 2008, Millie Jackson said…
Hi Odds,
We met at GVSU. I drove you around when you came and spent a couple of days with us. I think you talked to my storytelling class too.

At 1:42pm on April 10, 2008, Odds Bodkin said…
Thanks, Layne. These tunes are from work Steve Schuch and I did years ago together as the duo, Wellspring. His site is
Glad you liked it. Glad you joined this site, too, I can happily add. Dianne, we thank you. Take care, Layne.

At 11:37pm on April 9, 2008, Layne Gneiting said…
My friend,

Just heard Troubadour for the first time. Was there ever a time in your timeless life you didn't have the magic? Catchy tune. Stirring lyrics. Thanks for offering it to the ether.
At 8:46pm on April 4, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear Odds:

I remember back to when you performed at the Hanford High School as a school assembly in Hanford, CA. After school time, you did a question and answer session with the Voices of Illusion high school storytellers and Kevin Cordi.

Though I was a BYU graduate and a recent move-in to Fresno, Kevin invited me to tag along and I still have the picture of the group. Perhaps I could find it and send it to you?

My wrist really hurt after that night because I scribbled so many notes. I have those still, too. Thanks for outreaching to us.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
At 4:18pm on April 2, 2008, Rivka Willick said…
It's great to see you here. Your name's been mentioned all over this site. We met in NJ in Nov. I love you....but I adore your wife. I hope she's working on her stories. I hope to hear her stories soon.



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