Friday, November 28, 2014

Teller and the Tale with guest storytellers Lev Ropes, Jane Yolen, and Charles Kiernan

This week on The Teller and the Tale, I'm joined by American storytellers Lev Ropes, Jane Yolen, and Charles Kiernan.

Lev Ropes is originally from Helena, Montana, although he currently lives in Golden, Colorado where he is resident storyteller in the Jefferson County schools. His audiences know him better as Grandbear, whose stories centre on the creatures of Blue Heron Ranch. Although there are a number of animal characters in Grandbear’s stories, Coyote—the ol’ Trickster--has to be the central figure.

There’s a wonderful charm and warmth to Lev’s storytelling and it’s no wonder he’s a popular teller in schools, community centres, retirement centres, and on radio shows, like this one. Lev is also an author and musician and you can learn more about his work on his website www.grandbearthestoryteller.com. Listen as Lev share his story of "Coyotes' Winter Solstice".

Next up is Jane Yolen. Jane is no stranger to the storytelling world. In fact, she’s been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She's even had no less than 6 honorary doctorates in literature, and earned the respect of storytellers worldwide.

Jane was born in New York City in 1939. Her father was a journalist and her mother a psychiatric social worker, who dabbled in creative writing. Her father’s work took them to Hollywood for a few years, but the family moved back to New York where Jane settled into school, took piano and ballet lessons, and even started a neighbourhood newspaper with her brother. It was in college where Jane developed her talent for writing poetry and stories. On her 22nd birthday she published her first children’s tale, Pirates in Petticoats. She’s never looked back, now having published more than 300 books. You can learn much more about Jane and her work at www.janeyolen.com.

Last but not least, let me introduce storyteller Charles Kiernan. Charles was born and raised in Pennsylvannia. After graduating from university, he worked for years as a systems analyst. Having retired, he now devotes his time to storytelling, performing at schools, theatres, clubs, libraries, and festivals. He also has a talent for characterisation and features two unique and entertaining shows devoted to the lives of Mark Twain and Albert Einstein. More at www.lostdollar.net.

Charles is certainly at home telling Americana tales, many born in the Appalachian mountains and resonant with mountain humour and homespun wit. But he also delights in telling stories from the Brothers Grimm as we shall hear in this episode. Don't miss it.

So, join me, beginning this Sunday 30th November on Blues and Roots Radio for three tales from three of America's finest storytellers.

You can also learn more about our guests and listen to other shows at The Teller and the Tale web site www.thetellerandthetale.com.

Michael Williams
Host
The Teller and the Tale

Broadcast times:
Sunday 30th November 2014 at 7am EDT (Canada/US) and 12 noon GMT (UK/Ireland)
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 8pm EDT (Canada/US) and 1am GMT (UK/Ireland) Thursday 4th December 2014 at 4pm EDT (Canada/US) and 9pm GMT (UK/Ireland)

To listen, go to www.bluesandrootsradio.com and click on the 'Listen Live' button. 

REMEMBER: You can also listen to some of my past shows and learn more about my guests by going to the Teller and the Tale website at www.thetellerandthetale.com.


Michael Williams StoryCoaching is proud to support the Teller and the Tale Radio show. If you are interested in storycoaching, please go to www.michaelwilliamsstorycoaching.com for more information.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Alette Willis

This week on The Teller and the Tale, I'm joined by storyteller Alette Willis. Originally from Canada but now resident in Edinburgh Scotland, Alette has made her  mark on the Scottish storytelling scene. Her stories reflect her strong commitment to the environment, peace & justice, well-being, as well as science and research. 

Alette currently works as lecturer in Edinburgh University's Dept of Counselling and Psychotherapy where, among other things, she encourages the use of storytelling. Other academic interests include therapeutic storytelling and storytelling for peace & justice.

How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Alette J. WillisIn addition to her academic work, Alette has also found time to write an award-winning children's novel, How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People) (Floris Books), winner of the 2011 Kelpie Prize for Children's Fiction. One enthused reader summed up her appreciation by writing, "I enjoyed the voice of this book from the get-go. The characters were alive, the storyline was perfectly paced--with the PERFECT amount of spine tingles and creepiness thrown in."

Alette brings equal measures of voice, characterisation, and pacing to her oral storytelling, whether she's telling a story about trees (she's been a regular storyteller at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh) or quantum-creation stories that explain the existence of time and space through imaginative (yet real) creatures like the Gluons and Gravitons (Alette has been a regular Science Festival storyteller).

Alette Willis, storytellerJoin me, beginning this Sunday 23rd November on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.com) as I welcome Alette to the show. Listen as she reveals how she became a storyteller and why storytelling is important to her. Sit back and listen to her strange tale of how time and space came into being and how she made a Golem (and terrified people). Ok, she didn't terrify anyone. I mean, just look at that face.

Better yet, decide for yourself by joining us this Sunday at 7am EDT (Canada/US) and 12 noon GMT (UK/Ireland), only on Blues and Roots Radio (details below).

Blues and Roots Radio -- go to www.bluesandrootsradio.com and click on the "Listen Live" button.

The programme is repeated on Tuesday 25 November at 8pm EDT and 1am GMT and again on Thursday 27 November at 4pm EDT and 9pm GMT.

Michael Williams
Host
The Teller and the Tale

www.thetellerandthetale.com

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Wendy Woolfson



This week on The Teller and the Tale, I'm joined by Scottish storyteller Wendy Woolfson.

Wendy was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland into a family of artists, magicians, storytellers and actors. Her mother, a professional actor coached her from the age of 4 in performance, poetry recitation and vocal gymnastics whilst regaling the family with her hilarious stories at all opportunities.

Wendy's working life has varied from street artist, balloon decorator to retail manager and coach, photographer and bicycle messenger. The retail part lasted 10 years and developed her skills in working with people and managing large teams providing her with the abilities she has today of organising quality events. She was the Producer of the organisation Stories for Health and in 2010 organised the first Scottish International Symposium on Storytelling as a Healing Art.

Wendy fell into storytelling during a course on Puppet Theatre Arts in 2004. Soon after she took a post at the Glasgow Steiner School as Handwork teacher whilst honing her storytelling experience in various schools and events round Glasgow and studying storytelling at Glasgow University with poet, author and storyteller Tom Pow. She has been a registered professional storyteller with The Scottish Storytelling Centre and Scottish Book Trust since 2006. In 2008 she was co-resident storyteller at the Village Storytelling Centre with Jean Edmiston who also generously shared her decades of knowledge as a mentor and received story coaching from Michael Williams during 2010.

Wendy has worked with people of all ages and abilities, including people with learning and physical disabilities; she thrives in an environment where she is given the opportunity to help others grow.  

As she says, 'The wisdom and wonder of stories consistently amazes me as I continue to develop in this work." (adapted from Wendy's biography at www.wendywoolfson.co.uk)

Join me, beginning this Sunday 16th November on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.com) as I welcome Wendy to the show. Listen as she shares her life's work with storytelling and tells the remarkable Native-American tale of "Shingebiss".

You can also learn more about our guests at The Teller and the Tale web site www.thetellerandthetale.com.

Michael Williams
Host
The Teller and the Tale

Friday, November 7, 2014

Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller David Campbell


This week, the Teller and the Tale is proud to present the legendary Scottish storyteller David Campbell.

Raised in the north-east of Scotland, David was immersed in the rich multi-lingual cultural that included the Scots language, English, and the Doric tongue. He first acquired his love of story and song from the men and women of the Traveller tradition and would later befriend the great Traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson, of whom David has written a two-volume account.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing David in session, will appreciate that they are in the presence of a master storyteller, a word-weaver equally adept with Shakespeare or Dylan Thomas, as he is with the Scots poets like Hugh Macdiarmid, Norman McCaig, and Hamish Henderson. In fact, David had the privilege of learning from them. But perhaps his greatest teacher (and sidekick) was the aforementioned Duncan Williamson. When once asked why storytelling was so important, Williamson remarked, "Stories are oor education." David has not only been one of Duncan's greatest students, but a wonderful teacher in his own right who has shared stories and his vast experience with many other storytellers (yours truly included).

David, along with another master storyteller Donald Smith, helped to found the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, a centre which supports and develops the ancient art of storytelling across the land and sea. In his long career, David has been an author, poet, teacher, broadcaster, traveller, musician, and storyteller extraordinaire.

Join me on the Teller and the Tale beginning this Sunday morning for a half-hour in the company of David Campbell as he shares aspects of his life and career . . . and, of course, a story.

Watch a video of David Campbell at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNSHDjE590M

You can also learn more about our guests at The Teller and the Tale web sitewww.thetellerandthetale.com.

Michael Williams
Host
The Teller and the Tale
www.thetellerandthetale.com

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Margot Henderson

 This week on The Teller and the Tale, we present a re-broadcast of our show with guest storyteller Margot Henderson.

Margot has been telling and creating stories and poems ever since she was a child. In a wee hut at the bottom of the garden, she and her pals would make up stories and plays, and dressed in their mother’s frocks, they would perform them for the neighbours for three pence. She has been storytelling in the community ever since.

As a poet and storyteller she has worked with people of all ages, abilities and cultural back- grounds in a wide range of settings, including schools, hospitals, day centres, homeless shelters, prisons and psychiatric units. As well as telling a wide range of creation myths and folk tales, tales from Native America and Africa, she creates her own stories to celebrate particular occasions and locations.

Much of Margot’s work has been site specific in galleries, museums and theatres, as well as in forests, gardens, quarries and ruined abbeys. She sources local stories and reanimates them to deepen people’s sense of their roots. She has a deep love of nature and a keen sense of our interconnectedness.

Being of Scots/Irish origins, Margot’s work is steeped in the oral tradition and she combines music, song, dance, poetry and story. Margot has a background in Community Arts and trained in dance and drama, art therapy and ceremonial tradition.

She has taken part in cross-arts collaborations and has been commissioned by a range of organisations including Scottish Natural Heritage, the Findhorn Foundation, Ballet Rambert, the Barbican Centre and the Tate, to create and perform her work. In her work Margot balances professional performances with engaging groups and individuals in their own creative process.

Join me, beginning this Sunday 2nd November on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.com) as I welcome Margot to the show.

You can also learn more about our guests at The Teller and the Tale web site www.thetellerandthetale.com.

Michael Williams
Host
The Teller and the Tale
www.thetellerandthetale.com

Broadcast times:
Sunday 2 November 2014 at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12 noon BST (UK/Ireland)
Tuesday 4 November 2014 at 8pm EST (Canada/US) and 1am BST (UK/Ireland)
Thursday 6 November 2014 at 4pm EST (Canada/US) and 9pm BST (UK/Ireland)

To listen, go to www.bluesandrootsradio.com and click on the 'Listen Live' button.

REMEMBER: You can also listen to some of my past shows and learn more about my guests by going to the Teller and the Tale website at www.thetellerandthetale.com.

Michael Williams StoryCoaching is proud to support the Teller and the Tale Radio show. If you are interested in storycoaching, please go to www.michaelwilliamsstorycoaching.com for more information.