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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Mid way through the festival and it has been an inspiring few days. The theme was Eastern Routes and we have had storytellers from as far afield as Thailand, Singapore and China. I am always amazed at the different styles and techniques used by the storytellers, in the most surprising ways. The Ramayana in 15minutes is a definite feat. Also to meet Kamini who I was not able to get in touch with while in Singapore earlier this year was a real treat.
Long may it continue.

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Comment by Raquel McKee on December 29, 2010 at 5:52pm
Yep, you certainly do create events for storytelling!  I might have to take a leaf out of your book, if I can get my latest childcare issue resolved!!!!!...... Here's hoping!
Comment by Mara Menzies on December 11, 2010 at 6:18pm

Hi Raquel, Sorry it's taken so long to feed back to you. I have just been involved in a community project that has drained every minute. 

Create events for storytelling? Not quite sure what you mean by that!

I think it can be quite difficult to find regular work as a storyteller so perhaps I do create them but I also certainly use existing events. e.g. plan storytelling sessions around Women's Day, Africa day, Black History Month, Christmas, etc.

I also create my own events, hire halls, do the publicity and I find that I am building up a name for myself by doing that. I find either a theme and work around that, or find an incredible story and create an event around that. It is difficult to do the marketing for it, but I think I have to better learn how to use social networking sites as I find that is the best way to get people to know about events.

I have also posted a few things online on youtube to give people a flavour of what is expected. I hope to do that more.

If you have a film of you performing, then I would love to see you in action.

Comment by Raquel McKee on November 8, 2010 at 7:06pm
It sounds brilliant. Was it meant to co-incide with Diwali? Happy Diwali, by the way, if you celebrate it.

Do you tend to create events for your storytelling, or do you tap into events that already exist? A storyteller friend of mine insists that you have to create the events. I find that very hard. Do you?
Comment by Sheila Wee on November 8, 2010 at 12:57am
Hi Mara,

It was great to meet you at the festival if only briefly! I am now back in Singapore feeling rejuvenated after such an inspiring festival.

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