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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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"Overdue" Story slam at BPL at Boston Public Library,

June 6, 2014 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
an event to benefit the programs at the Boston Public LibraryJune 6, 2014 Doors at 7:30 p.m. - Event at 8:00 p.m.Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116Tickets: $40 (includes drink ticket)Click here to buy…See More
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River Festival StoryStream Cambridge at Sidney and Franklin Street

June 7, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Come to the StoryStream Cambridge Storytelling Tent at the Cambridge River Festival**in Central Square off Mass. Ave. on Sidney St.near Franklin St.Saturday, June 7 from noon - 6:00 pm Stories to hear, stories to tell – for adults and children * 12:00 Wild and Wacky Water Tales Doria Hughes For children and families  * 12:45 Memory Stories by Cambridge residents from Haiti, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, China, and elsewhere. * 1:30 True Story Theater brings to life... Stories of growing up in the…See More
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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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Biography Norah Dooley is a storyteller and children’ s author. Norah’s widely acclaimed picture books, Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup and Everybody Brings Noodles, (Carolrhoda Books @ are four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, MA. Norah has published 5 storytelling CDs and she has performed in schools, libraries and at teacher’s conferences. She has been a featured storyteller in the Christmas and Spring Revels in Cambridge and Boston MA, the Cambridge River Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Albany NY River Festival, 3 Apples Storytelling Festival, MA and at the Clearwater Festival. Norah has been presenting workshops and stories for people of all ages throughout New England and also in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix. In NOV 2011, she lectured and performed in Tokyo Japan at several universities and other venues.

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

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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.

Press Clippings 2012-2013 - Links and as a Pdf

Started by Norah Dooley in Sample Title Jun 26, 2013.

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.

BMO 2014 Winners

Vanessa Ouellette, 1st prize, Simon Moody, 2nd and Theresa Okokon, 3rd Prize

StoriesLive® Winners - 2014

Freshman/Sophomores/ELL: $500 - 1st place - Mannasseh Konadu

$250 - Runners up - William Lam, Heroldine Blemur, Sabrina Barroso 

Juniors: $1,000 split to Patrick Hoarty and Silas Weiner to tie 1st place

Seniors: $1,000 - 1st Place to Rosemary Nabukeera 
$500 to Marie Pena and Briana Crockett 

Audience Choice – Freshman/Sophomore/ELL: $150 to David Judkins 

Audience Choice – Juniors/Seniors: $300 to Tony Santiago

StoriesLive® 2013:


Annemarie DeMarco-Alfama - 1st place

Kenny Le & Moises Caraballo - Runner-ups


Latisha Joujute - 1st place

Stephen Carlin & Henry Chavez - Runner-Ups

Kristen Ruffin - Audience Choice


Nico Luisi - 1st Place

Moises Ramirez & Vance Crayton - Runner-ups

Theodore Biv - Audience Choice


StoriesLive® 2012:

First place, and $1,000  prize

Junior Fernando Ortiz from Revere High School 

Senior Amario Malcolm from Boston Latin Academy

Runners-up ($500 each)11th

Alan Estes from Newburyport, 

AngelinaFerullo from Everett and 

Runners-up ($500 each)12th Caylen Bryant (Andover) 

Shavar Lazarus (Boston Latin Academy).

Audience Choice awards:

11th Justin Alexander 

(South Community High) 

12th Varvarra Valentin

(Lynn Classical High School)

massmouth choice awards:


Jennifer MonJoie(Revere) 

Bahiya Nasuuna (Chelsea) 

Karen Hua (Andover) 


Jason Hittinger (Revere)


Last Year 2011: StoriesLive® first ever high school story slam. 1st place awarded a $2,000 scholarship Brianda Agramonte, Lynn Classical High School, senior

2 runners up received $1,000 scholarship each: junior Conor Miller Newburyport High School and Mathews DeSouza, Everett High School,  Our "massmouth choice" was Sandy Fonseca, Boston Latin Academy, senior [below] She was awarded $500

Lexi Hernando Lynn Classical High School, senior was chosen by the attendees and awarded the Audience Choice prize of $500.

Congratulations all!

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