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"Sending Mr. Columbine"

Wow, oh blimey. This has been quite an eventful day for me.  I have been out on the road performing a particular set of childrens stories for pre-school children for a couple of years, and today I had to send the information to an important client.  

This was a bit of a step, as I have travelled a log way with Lottie and Mr. Columbine, the magical old Moth Shepherd and his young friend who lives in the house at the top of his garden.  I really love doing these stories, and I tend to…

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Added by Glenn Martin James on January 28, 2016 at 4:50pm — No Comments

"You Can't See the Hood for the Trees"

King John did not like to be foiled in anything he did, and he found himself in a very tricky situation.  Sitting on a hastily erected throne on the edges of the forest he sat there, eyeing the trees suspiciously as if daring them to move without his permission.  He had a shocking bad temper and could be frighteningly cruel and scary when he lost it. Twice he had thrown his crown into the moat and made the guards go swimming in there looking for it.  That takes a long time when you have to…

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Added by Glenn Martin James on January 28, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Introducing Young Creatives 2016

Are you bursting with creative flair? Yes? Aged 5-16 years? Then we need you! Our Young Creatives Awards Scheme has returned for another year, in partnership with Penguin Books, WHSmiths and Photobox.…

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Added by Emma Southcombe on January 13, 2016 at 8:01am — No Comments

Anne E Stewart: WORKSHOP. In the Spirit of Kinship to Country.... Stories for the Journey.

Photo: Poppy Cagacj for “Daylesford Strong Women” Exhibition Jan 2015, Daylesford Convent Gallery




In this one day workshop Anne E…
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Added by Storytelling Australia Victoria on December 10, 2015 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

Expression of Interest: International Storytelling Festival Iran 2016

Expression of Interest: International Storytelling Festival Iran 2016

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Added by Storytelling Australia Victoria on December 10, 2015 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Witchcraft Gothic Storytelling for Grown ups

WITCHCRAFT!

Is the new storytelling show for grown-ups I've been working on...again collaborating with my talented songwriter and musician friend Louise Cairns.…
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Added by Amanda Edmiston on November 8, 2015 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Cailleach Bheur, the blue crone, Queen of Winter

'She was needed, Carlin now she became and midwife too, loved and needed by the people in her new home, learning to tend the goats and heal with herbs, many stories can be heard, I hear versions that she held Spring back and brought it forth...that eventually she became one with the hills, known as the Cailleach, but those are stories for you to discover.' …

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Added by Amanda Edmiston on November 8, 2015 at 9:55am — No Comments

Have you ever had a story in your head that you just couldn't wait to write?

Have you ever had a story in your head and just couldn't concentrate on anything else until you wrote it?  Well that happened to me today.

I was at a networking event this morning in a local pub, a conversation with the landlord led to him telling me about an event they were holding on the weekend.  Rather strangely it is a scarecrow festival, without discussing anything else I just couldn't get scarecrows out of my head.

When I got home shortly afterwards despite having other…

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Added by Peter Rowlands on September 2, 2015 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

What does storytelling look like?

It was about four years ago that I became particularly grumpy over the use of the word "storytelling" by those who do not actually tell stories. Writers and singers and actors had always described themselves as storytellers, but suddenly in business articles and on Twitter and in the blogosphere suddenly everyone from advertisers to life coaches to film editors to game designers were calling what they did storytelling.

And I'll admit it's an imprecise word.

But I decided to do…

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Added by Tim E on April 29, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

MAMA RUE: A CELEBRATORY AND EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE  book is available at Amazon. It is written in stoetry (a format of poetry and narrative) and has 18 color pictures illustrated by myself. It celebr…

MAMA RUE: A CELEBRATORY AND EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE  book is available at Amazon. It is written in stoetry (a format of poetry and narrative) and has 18 color pictures illustrated by myself. It celebrates those babysitters, especially of yesterday that would not let the children in their care be 'just mediocre.' Mama Rue was a real live babysitter in my community (her name changed) who was happy to be part of the village that helped raise the chid. A CD will be available soon that…

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Added by Ife-Gail Young on March 10, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Over 60 million child laborers in India!

India, an IT giant and the world's second-fastest growing major economy, has millions of Rajus: all under 14 years of age, some as young as 4 or 5, and all toiling hard just to get a square meal to keep body and soul from parting company. Child labor is a  dagger through India's soul. The country has the dubious distinction of being home to the largest child labor force in the world, with an estimated 30 percent of the world's working kids living…

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Added by Anjali Rajan Dileep on February 18, 2015 at 11:49pm — No Comments

karen maries sheep gate house

karen maries sheep gate house

Added by karen marie schalk on February 2, 2015 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Happy New Year...

...for anyone who visits the site & clicks on this post. May 2015 be a time of tales told well and often.

- Old Father William

Added by George Allen Williams on January 1, 2015 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Twelfth Night in Santa Fe, NM

So…just finished a two day run – yes, two day – as Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a roller coaster ride…about three weeks to get it ready, cast members from both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, rehearsals in both cities, too, and we didn’t get to walk the performance space until the day before the performance. Recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. It was a blast. The people gathered for this adventure were top-notch, and really, really good at…

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Added by George Allen Williams on December 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

In Memory of Mark Lewis

Yesterday the world of storytelling lost another wonderful voice with the passing of Mark Lewis. For decades he entertained friends and family with his magical ability to weave awe and joy into the gift of tale. I will miss him.

Added by Carl Harvey on December 8, 2014 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Inhospitable Goat People: A Scottsdale Ghost Story

We lived on property near the north west corner of Shea and Scottsdale, back when gray-green waves of virgin desert roiled towards Scottsdale Road, chasing it all the way to Cave Creek, a town fifteen miles further north.  Just two houses sat on the lot. Ours was long and flat, built…

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Added by Misty Kiwak Jacobs on October 31, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Ukrainian Soul Food, Werewolves and Amazons

    



Ukrainian Soul Stories at the Library





Compared to shoplifting live turkeys in your bloomers and erotic games in the village bath, immigrant life is beyond boring. So firebrand Baba (Grandma) is brewing up Old Country customs in her new neighbourhood.



Hear Raisa Stone tell outrageous stories she's collected from Ukrainian people, including a true murder confession from her neighbour. She kept the secret until…

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Added by Reisa Stone on September 6, 2014 at 1:18am — No Comments

My play

I've spent nearly two years working on a play about the friendship between a sheriff and the man he ultimately hangs for murder. It's based on true events from 1891-92. It's been fascinating to research. About a year ago I told the story as an oral tale in a storytelling concert. Gosh, I wish I had taped it! It went really well, but I'll never remember what I said. Last August two actors helped me present the play as a staged reading. It got great response but it's not done, not by a long…

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Added by Leslie Slape on June 21, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

new book out July 7, pre-orders being taken now

Have you ever wanted to explore other ways to build a story beyond going to a desk and writing it down. Have you consider playing vocally with the story? This is the premise of my new book. I invite you to check it out. Order with the link below.

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Added by Kevin Cordi on June 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sign up for the Word Dancing Challenge for FREE

Take the Word Dancing Challenge!



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I would like to invite writers, teachers, storytellers, and people from all walks of life to take the "Word Dancing Challenge." People can sign up between now and June 30. During this time they will be provided spoken exercises and/or videos demonstrating what I call "Word Dancing." This will help build a st…

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Added by Kevin Cordi on June 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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