Personal story work reminds me a little of dream work, but easier. Dreams are set in a coded language that can be hard to crack.Read More
It is that time of the month again, and I am not referring to the women’s cycle of re-creation and renewal, nor to the full moon bursting in the sky, but to the time of the month when storytelling events are looming in my calendar.Read More
Memory is a funny thing.
As storyteller Donald Davis explains it, we have our everyday front mind which is very organised, structured and readily accessible. In my totally unfounded estimate this is about 10% of the mind.
'Find your voice' seems to be one of those catch cry phrases loaded with meaning that is not altogether obvious.
I first came across this idea in a writing workshop. In order to write well I needed to find my voice, as if it was somehow hiding under the bed with all the missing pens, lost credit cards
Well if I was in any doubt about the interest in personal storytelling, then the ‘launch’ in January of the Melbourne True Storytelling Meet Up has settled it.
Within a week of me starting the group, the Meet Up had over 90 members
I recently came across an article about personal storytelling in The Atlantic called Life Stories. It wasn’t an article about the art of oral storytelling, or even about memoir writing, but about the signature human process of storying the events that happen to us.Read More
I used to get a bit huffy when people said things like ‘have you been reading any more stories lately?’
I would quickly explain to them that I don’t ‘read’ stories, its storytelling, without notes, not recited - you can look your audience in the eye, you are describing pictures in your mind...
I talk fast, and when I have a time limit and a big story I talk even faster.
I talk fast because I just do, and in my excitement at telling a story, I race from one image to the next; I also talk fast because I am terrified I will lose the audience