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Norah Dooley
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Storytelling is front page news in Boston...12/22/12
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brendyn Schneider Dec 23, 2012.


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What is your outside web or blog site URL ? Please post at your page - this helps connect you to the world looking for story!
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performer, listener, organizer, and gadfly • For preschool, elementary, middle, and high school and Adults • Personal narrrative, folktales, fairy tales, Italian and Irish folktales with music, world folk tales from many cultures, and wisdom tales.
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personal, narrative, traditional, folktales,

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Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children's author, and educator who performs in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences. She specializes in teaching people of all ages the value of their stories and how to tell them. She was a featured performer for massmouh’s Stories from the Stage on WGBH’s World Channel, for Fugitive Productions in Arlington Acton and Framingham and at the 10th Annual Concert for Peace in Fort Erie, Ontario.  For the past 20 summers she has told stories to thousands of children through She is the founder of the curriculum based high school storytelling program,, and a co-founder of and the Boston Story Slam series.

She teaches storytelling at Lesley University’s graduate school of Education and has taught to to undergraduates at Tufts and Suffolk Universities. Internationally she has lectured teachers of English and graduate students in Tokyo, Japan on the role of storytelling in language acquisition. In summer of 2017 she taught storytelling in Arsuha, to Tanzanian Secondary school teachers as part of the African Storytelling initiative of

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Norah Dooley is a storyteller, educator, critically acclaimed children’s author and the creator and project director of, a high school storytelling curriculum, and story slam program. A co-founder of and the Greater Boston Story Slam series, she teaches storytelling to graduate students at Lesley University and undergraduates at Tufts. In fall of 2013 she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Storytelling at Suffolk University. She lectured teachers of English and graduate students on the role of storytelling on language acquisition in Tokyo, Japan as part of a multi-year grant funded by the Japanese government in 2011, 2014 and in Jan 2017. In summer of 2017 she taught storytelling to English faculty from Arsuha Secondary schools in Tanzania as part of the African Storytelling initiative of


Norah Dooley,storyteller, critically acclaimed children's author and educator performs in schools, libraries, conferences and festivals. She specializes in teaching people of all ages how important their stories are and how to tell them. In 2013 Norah was featured as an Exchange Place featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough,  TN, the Newport Folk Festival and several Cambridge Revels. Norah specializes in Irish and Italian folklore and is on the roster of Young Audiences at For the past 18 summers she has told stories to 1000s of children through These past 3 years she appeared as a historical storyteller for SaveThe twice supported by grant. This summer World Education/  sent her to Tanzania, to teach storytelling techniques to high school teachers and social workers in Arusha Secondary Schools.

Norah's widely acclaimed picture books, Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup, and Everybody Brings Noodles, (Carolrhoda) are four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, MA.

Norah has published 6 spoken word CDs available at CDBaby including Music of Angels (1999), Stories Nobody Told Me “Italian” Folk tales (2002) and Stories from the Neighborhood, World Folk tales (2002), Rabbitales (2006) My Bad,Bad Dog and other Neighbors (2006) and Irish Folk Tales: Live @Passim (2008)

"Norah Dooley is an entrancing storyteller" - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

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BCA Album for Storytelling After Dark JAN 18

BCA Album for Storytelling After Dark JAN 18

Record here and then, if we choose your story you may be able to listen to a sample below...…


Posted on January 2, 2013 at 3:30am

Who do we think we are? Who do THEY think we are?

I posted this at the storyteller's listserv - a question From Slash Colman's blog:

"Oftentimes, others can pinpoint the theme of your work much easier than you can. This week, I suggest you interview others to begin to narrow your brand. What are you trying to say with your artwork? You may not know. So, this week, bite the bullet and ask 3-5 friends what they think the underlying theme is… Continue

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 11:51pm

from Tony Toledo "Here are ten books I love....What are ten books you love?"

Sheeesh - I wish Tony would publish this stuff his own bad self - until he does?His writing is too good to be confined to a listserv only, so I will pass it along...

Here are ten books I love. What are ten books you love?

by Tony Toledo.

1. A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas Basbanes. HC 1995. 1st/3rd with the front end page ripped out. (How cruel some people can be.)… Continue

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:32pm

Brother Blue’s story lives on for many

Brother Blue’s story lives on for many

Mourners honor famed storyteller

By Brian MacQuarrie Boston Globe November 9, 2009

CAMBRIDGE - On a beautiful, color-dappled afternoon, an upbeat stream of artists, dancers, puppeteers, and storytellers walked into a North Cambridge funeral home to pay their respects to the man who lay inside. The deceased wore a blue beret, sported a multicolored jacket, and rested in a coffin draped with a dazzling covering featuring a sparkling blue… Continue

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 10:21am

How to Get 100 People to a Show: Slashtipher Coleman's blog Twenty One Hours

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Artists and Facebook: Send an Effective Invitation

".... I get tired of seeing lumpy artists lumping around at their poorly attended events because they didn't take the time to do the things I suggest. "But I sent out a press release," they say. "And I sent out facebook invites," they say. " click on link below to go to his blog directly - great read !…


Posted on November 9, 2009 at 12:50am

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At 11:07pm on January 27, 2013, Erik Lindgren said…

Thanks for the message Norah. I graduated Tufts '76 BA Music. Mostly intrigued by storytelling but as you know, everybody has a story or two to relate. Hope to catch a MM event soon. 

At 12:50pm on July 24, 2012, Raysel Martinez said…

Hey Norah! I hope you enjoyed cincinnati while you were here! it has a really great arts scene! I'm excited for my move to boston and to go to massmouth for the first time! I'm really lookin fwd to hearing you & the rest of the storytellers!


At 12:44am on January 21, 2012, Maryfaith Goessling said…

Sure..You can quote me!

At 9:12pm on January 3, 2012, Jack Speranza said…

Hi Norah -- thanks for connecting with me here on your site.  Yes, it was good meeting you during First Night, too.  I'm sorry I couldn't stick around longer to chat with you after the stories ended.  I'm not really a storyteller myself...  just one who enjoys hearing them and engaging in a littler banter around them ;-)   If you ever want to spend a Friday evening in Hopkinton when I'm hosting a ZENMothra, you're always welcome as my guest!

At 8:06pm on January 3, 2012, Anuranjan Roy said…

Norah, I am greatly flattered! :) But the only thing I share with the Booker Prize winner is my last name. She has a tendency to generate polarized opinion these days and is quite famous/infamous (depending on your opinion) in India. Here's something I wrote about an essay she wrote: WARNING: It's very loooooooong. Firstly her essay of 8 pages (if you haven't read it already) and then mine...

At 8:09pm on November 28, 2011, beth kantrowitz said…

Thanks for getting us involved!

Take care,


At 7:32pm on October 2, 2011, Lynette Ford said…

Hi, Norah!  Thanks for saying hello.


At 12:58pm on June 14, 2011, Laura Packer said…
Hey Norah, I thought this might be useful.
At 10:33am on February 9, 2011, Amberin Khan said…
Norah, I had so much fun and everyone was simply delightful.  I'm so glad I found you guys!
At 2:59pm on January 13, 2011, Esther Piszczek said…
Cool! Thanks for the tip and for all of your help with Monday's slam. I truly appreciate it!! Esther


Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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What is a story slam? Get the FAQs! 9 Replies

Started by Norah Dooley in Uncategorized. Last reply by Tamara Safford Feb 4, 2014.

Press Clippings 2012-2013 - Links and as a Pdf

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Storytelling is front page news in Boston...12/22/12 2 Replies

Started by Norah Dooley in Sample Title. Last reply by Brendyn Schneider Dec 23, 2012.

Grand Slam Story Slam Fuller Craft Museum May 7th

The South Shore story Slams presents The GRAND SLAM STORY SLAM MAY 5TH @The Company Theater 6:30PM the winners of Doyles and SS Story Slam Season compete for Maine Getaway valued at  $1,000. Get your tickets before they are gone $25.00 in advance $20.00 members at door $30.00 non members 



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