US vs. UK Storytelling

Some of them just didn’t believe me. “An American storyteller telling folktales? Don’t they all just do autobiographical stories?” Let me tell you part of a story…

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Oral Tradition – Plus Let Me Tell You Another Story…

A little mouse told me?  Well, not exactly…but somebody did! [This is longer than my other A-Z posts…the musings plus the story…grab a cuppa maybe?!] By definition, personal stories (that is, first-person personal-experience narratives) are not transmitted to the teller through an oral tradition: they happened to the teller. So, as we compare & contrast […]

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Narcissism?

I’m afraid it must be addressed. Elephant in the room, you know… …the feeling that all this personal, first-person, “me, myself, and I”-ness of story slams is, well, at its root narcissistic. And that’s not generally considered a good thing. It is a suspicion, sometimes an accusation, among some storytellers/folks who love the telling and […]

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Heritage

Heritage: Something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor: legacy, inheritance; tradition Oh-so-very-much could be written on this, but for today just a brief consideration of a very large difference between traditional storytelling and story slam storytelling – and while I’ve so far written more about process and form, this is primarily about content.

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Beer and Books

To tell the truth, in all my 27 years of professional storytelling I don’t think I’ve personally experienced or witnessed beer being available at “traditional” storytelling concerts / conferences / festivals / shows… Yet beer is available and enjoyed at both of the local story slams I’ve gotten myself to in recent months (Boulder Story […]

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Audience Age(s)

Each day during this April A-Z Blogging Challenge I’ll use a different letter of the alphabet as a prompt for a short musing on an aspect or two of “Story Slams & Traditional Storytelling – Bridging the Distance.” (You can see previous blog posts about my introduction to this increasingly-popular kind of storytelling event here, here, […]

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A-Z April Daily Blogging Challenge 2015 – Diving in Again!

Theme: Story Slams & Traditional Storytelling – Bridging the Distance I’m still quite new to story slams, and they are still new to me – I’ve been to four. (See previous blog posts about my introduction to this increasingly-popular kind of storytelling event: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) I am exploring – in real […]

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“The Talk”…All Our Stories, Black/White/Brown/Red, After Ferguson

We NEED to tell OUR stories. And we NEED to hear OTHERS’ stories. I know the teeniest-weeniest bit about “having The Talk” with my sons. I’m not talking about the birds’n’bees – I mean the one that African-American parents have with their children about being very, very careful if interacting with law enforcement officials. Let […]

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“People Just Want More Booty” (and she wasn’t talking about pirates…)

Seriously? SERIOUSLY??!? [I was planning to publish Part 2 of my blog series “Story Slams Making Waves – What’s the Story, Anyway?!” – but find I must take a different direction today…] The stories we tell about women and girls:

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Story Slams Making Waves – What’s the Story, Anyway?! (Part 1)

“Like moths to a flame: People flock to hear personal sagas” – Denver Post, October 17, 2014. It was exciting to see a nice, big feature article in the Denver newspaper about storytelling! I read it eagerly… But…but…but…I confess to you: Eagerness gave way to puzzlement, puzzlement gave way to discomfort, discomfort ebbed into irritation, […]

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