Friday, August 22, 2014

Teller and the Tale features American storytellers Eva Grayzel, Megan Hicks, and Ed Stivender

This week on The Teller and the Tale, I feature three American storytellers: Eva Grayzel, Megan Hicks, and Ed Stivender.

Eva Grayzel
Eva Grayzel is a master teller, author, and inspirational speaker. Her career was nearly cut short in 1998 when she was diagnosed with advanced oral cancer and given only a 15% chance of survival. Barely able to speak, Eva underwent radical treatment and, against the odds, survived. Since then, she has gone on to develop her storytelling career, raising awareness of oral cancer, and setting up a foundation to support children with a family member suffering from cancer. Listen to Eva tell the story of "The Stonecutter".

Megan Hicks
Megan Hicks is a superb storyteller in the Appalachian tradition. She has been a guest at numerous storytelling festivals including the celebrated International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough Tennessee. In addition to being an engaging storyteller, Megan also makes origami jewellery and loves turning found objects into playthings and stories. Laugh as Megan tells the comic story of "The Fisherman and the Groundhog".

Ed Stivender
Finally, Ed Stivender makes his debut on the Teller and the Tale. Ed is an award-winning storyteller who delights audiences wherever he goes. Often accompanying himself on guitar or banjo, Ed enthralls audiences young and old alike with his wit and humour. Enjoy Ed's telling of Ulster Jack and listen to why he's one of the masters of the genre.

Broadcast times:

Sunday 24 August 2014 at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12noon BST (UK/Ireland)

Tuesday 26 August 2014 at 8pm EST and 1am BST

Thursday 28 August 2014 at 4pm EST and 9pm BST

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Teller and the Tale with storytellers Ruth Kirkpatrick and David Campbell

This week's Teller and the Tale introduces two wonderful Scottish storytellers Ruth Kirkpatrick and David Campbell.

Both grew up in the North East of Scotland and have inherited a love and respect for their 'mither tongue' and the rich Celtic heritage of storytelling. Having been mentored by Traveller storyteller Stanley Robertson, Ruth has developed a unique talent for connecting with people through story. She has pioneered the use of story with children and adolescents as part of her social and educational work and is a much sought-after workshop leader and speaker. Listen as Ruth shares her story of the 'Seven Ravens' taken from her recent Stories Allways resource pack where she is also accompanied by musicians Gica Loening and Jenny Gardner.

David Campbell was born in Edinburgh but raised in the fishing town of Fraserburgh on the Moray Firth. A former teacher and BBC Radio Producer, David has developed a sensitive ear for story and language. His passion for story was further enriched through his friendship with another Traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson, of whom he has written. Today I feature David's story about the famous song 'Loch Lomond', taken from the CD Scotland in Love, which David recorded with the singer and harpist Katie Targett-Adams.

Broadcast times:

Sunday 17 August 2014 at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12 noon BST (UK/Ireland)

Tuesday 19 August 2014 at 8pm EST (Canada/US) and 1am BST (UK/Ireland)

Thursday 21 August 2014 at 4pm EST (Canada/US) and 9pm BST (UK/Ireland)

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Teller and the Tale with Scottish storyteller Elly Crichton Stuart

Elly Crichton Stuart
This week on The Teller and the Tale, I catch up with Scottish storyteller Elly Crichton Stuart to talk about her life as a storyteller and to hear her share one of her favourite stories.

Elly is a mindfulness practitioner who is passionate about storytelling, performance and poetry as tools for transformation. Working with heart, humour and creativity, Elly aspires to lead people on a journey towards wholeness.

Elly trained at Arts Educational Drama School and worked as a performer and workshop leader for many years.

In 2003 she left The Unicorn Theatre for Children, where she had worked for 6 years, to go to The School of Storytelling at Emerson College. In 2006 she returned to Essex University (M.A in Art History 1980) to study The Tale with Marina Warner.

Elly has toured the UK as a performer since 1987 and worked all over the world as a storyteller since 2004. She is currently training adults and young people in Scotland as storytellers, and running self-development workshops for adults on Nourishing ourselves through the senses and story, and Storytelling for forgiveness. (More about Elly at

Listen to Elly on The Teller and the Tale only on Blues and Roots Radio ( at the following times:

Sunday 10 August at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12 noon BST (UK/Ireland)

Tuesday 12 August at 8pm EST (Canada/US) and 1am BST (UK/Ireland)

Thursday 14 August at 4pm EST (Canada/US) and 9pm BST (UK/Ireland)

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