Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Teller and the Tale featuring storyteller and author David Campbell

This week on The Teller and the Tale I feature Scottish storyteller and author David Campbell.

David is one of Scotland's premier storytellers and certainly one of its most respected elders and tradition bearers. Raised in the north-east of Scotland, he 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
The Teller and the Tale

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