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September 2009 Blog Posts (21)

How are you celebrating St. Francis Day?

St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. His day is Sunday, October 4th. A couple of Vancouver, BC churches are offering an Animal Blessing.

I've been to one, and was astonished at the variety of pets. Though dogs predominated, the church lawn was filled with everything from hedgehogs to horses.

This year, I'm asking our animal shelter to bring a dog or two, along with flyers about adopting rescued creatures.

What are you doing for St. Francis Day?

Added by Reisa Stone on September 30, 2009 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

Ikran the Runner

Dedicated to Roi who is ill in hospital right now...

Many long years ago, as long ago as the length of my nose, there lived a man.

This man lived a quiet and gentle life, eating, drinking, and working as everybody does, subsisting and making his way in the world enough to keep his world balanced.

It was spring, the sun was shining very early, and the birds started to sing beautiful… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Deadline for Proposals Sept 30

Just a quick reminder to let people know that the deadline for submitting proposals for the July 2010 International Perspectives on the Art and Tradition of Storytelling conference is Sept 30!

details at:

Added by Dale Jarvis on September 27, 2009 at 8:17am — No Comments


I love October...the crunchy leaves, the chilly nights...and the drama and imagination of Halloween. I was one of those little kids that lived in dress-up clothes, tripped around in her mothers heels and should have won an Oscar at some point in Kindergarten for my stellar performance of Little Red Riding Hood.

I am also an American I have no real language and the major customs but there were a bunch of Celts in my family tree. Despite the lack of language and a loss of… Continue

Added by Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller on September 27, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

How to Get Free Email Mail Marketing that Converts Like Crazy

First... Set Up a Free Account With a Company that is White Listed...

There are many email marketing companies that offer free campaigns, but two stand alone as the best.

1) iContact - Included in their free package is a 31 page white paper that will make even the most novice marketer an email pro. They have a fully integrated survey sytem along with email scheduling capabilities. iContact also… Continue

Added by Janiyah Cook on September 25, 2009 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

Receive tips and games on storytelling through free monthly e-newsletter--posted by Rachel Hedman

Receive tips, games, and thoughts on storytelling through my free monthly e-newsletter "The Rachel Response: Storytelling Adventures"!

On October 1, 2009, the first issue will go out.

You can go to my homepage of to sign-up.

My monthly newsletters will share:

* "From the Stage"

--Find out what the… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on September 23, 2009 at 5:45pm — 1 Comment

Looking for a recording space in TN at the National Festival.

I am interested in recording decent interview footage of storytellers at the National Storytelling Festival. Not the featured presenters - but the other tellers who are coming to admire and appreciate the festival.

To do this I need a quite place to record, hopefully donated, for at least five hours a day every day of the festival - Oct 2nd, 3rd and 4th - 2009. This will help me to continue to present high quality interviews on many different… Continue

Added by Brother Wolf on September 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Fairies in the Gutter

As we gathered for an evening at Stubbing Wharf in Hebden Bridge for more Shaggy dog storytelling on Friday 28th August 2009 we knew we were in for a real treat. Mark that day. Those who were there were witness to a great performance and the arrival of a unique voice for the North West.

The early arrivals in the audience, clearly now privileged to be there, knew immediately that the room was already set for a right good night. Sometimes you just know a performance is going to be magical.… Continue

Added by Mike Booth on September 22, 2009 at 9:12am — No Comments

A woollen puzzle - a personal reflection

There was once, long ago, a woman, wrapped in a cloak of the most beautiful grey wool. Each day she sat at her wheel, spinning and spinning. Beside her lay a pile of sheep's wool, which never became less. She spent all of her time un-knotting the knots and turning the wool into fine grey thread. the pile of spun wool got higher and higher until the end of each week, when overnight it would disappear and she would start all over again at the… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 20, 2009 at 7:54am — No Comments


The administration has given a green light to develop a storytelling course to be offered to the community and that can also be taken (with additional activity and costs) as an elective by students.

I would love to hear recommendations for 'textbooks', great resources, online video samplings, and anything else.

Added by Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller on September 19, 2009 at 12:52pm — 4 Comments

Parents: Your help on a 2 minute, 3 question survey?

Hey all,

I am working on my next book project and wondered if you could take 2 minutes or less to answer my three sentence survey. I need to tweak a few things and need some fast input.

No registrations needed, no logging in, no verifying. Just three questions and less than two minutes. Totally private.

The survey is up at .

Please invite as many people as you wish…

Added by Sean Buvala on September 19, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Central European nature stories

Bellingham Storytellers Guild 3rd Friday Tell is tonight. We're telling stories around the theme of Connection to, and Compassion for Nature. As I looked through my story bag it occurred to me that the great majority of the Central European tales I knew, or had heard of, revolved around human situations, human-centric problems.

Then I bumped into an old favorte, a Czech tale usually called The 12 Months, and then a Greek version as well. They both focus on the… Continue

Added by Kelvin Saxton on September 18, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

For a good story, come to Newfoundland and Labrador!

Picture it. Summer 2010.

Storytellers from throughout the world will merge in one place - St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador - for the 18th annual conference of Storytellers of Canada. For five days, participants will be engaged in an international meeting place of culture, art, and tradition.

Next summer’s conference is brimming with opportunities for professional development. Participants will learn international perspectives about the art and tradition of… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on September 17, 2009 at 12:38pm — No Comments

My dairy updated

As some of you will know, I have been keeping a diary on another blog site telling of the places I have told at this year. The idea being that I have a written record for myself,family and friends. I visit some wonderful sites, but am often too busy to really look around and the blog was supposed to force me into making time for each place. Although in truth I have been very busy telling and created a bit of a rod for my own back, writing blogs when I should be going through new stories! For… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on September 16, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

A storyteller in the Age of Reunion

To be a storyteller of the Age of Reunion, you must be able to hold onto your knowing of the truth so steadfastly that you can know it on behalf of those who do not yet know. You must know it for those who are still wandering between stories. To speak a new world into existence, you must know it before anyone else does (else it would not be new). It is of no great difficulty to speak the old world into existence. We do that all the time. But now we cannot, because the story of that world is in… Continue

Added by Torgrim Mellum Stene on September 11, 2009 at 11:05am — No Comments

Tree and Moon

Long long ago, at a time when the world was young, the god of the moon came to earth. Man dominated earth, and so Moongod decided to add one more living thing to our world. He took a joint of his finger bone and planted it pointing upwards towards his face, in the sky, to remind man that this one tree was a gift to be respected and enjoyed. The tree grew in strength and power, though man misused mother earth. To this day, that very tree… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 9, 2009 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Looking for storytellers from around Windermere, UK

Hi there,
A student of mine will visit the Windermere area between 26-29th of September.
She was wondering if she might get lucky about storytelling events and storytellers there.
Any information anyone?
Regards, Limor.

Added by Limor Shiponi on September 7, 2009 at 7:53pm — 5 Comments

Invitation from an Irish Wondertale

I have spent the day finalising a podcast called The Deep Hearts Core. This comes from the last line of one of my favorite poems by W B Yeats called The Lake Isle of Innisfree. This is a place I go to for inspiration.

This takes the Irish myth about the beautiful people called the Tuatha de Danaan and uses the tale to tell how we in our own way have driven our own beauty underground. I would like to share this story with you. You can… Continue

Added by Tony Cuckson on September 4, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Fernando Cárdenas on September 4, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

How to institutionalize/professionalize oral stories?

Hello friends,

Although my country has a rich repository of oral stories, there has never been such thing as "professional storytelling or professional storytellers" until now.

Due to globalization and change, stories and their telling in our land is fast vanishing.

I wonder how storytelling can be institutionalized in a situation like today especially in a developing country like ours? Please advise.


Best… Continue

Added by Lingchen Dorji on September 3, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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