the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts

I received a highly favorable comment from a recent performance in which I told three short stories (The Miller, his Son and their donkey; A Single Grain of Rice; and The Cracked Water Pot) which was forwarded to me-- as follows:

The Story Teller was a very pleasant portion of the evening. I was pleasantly surprised in her story selection.

When I queried what this might mean, and what kind of stories he had been expecting, I received this reply:

Hi Mei-Lin,
I have heard story tellers in my past and the stories I have heard have either been unfamiliar childrens stories that were fairly complicated or I heard a pair of story telling clowns who told this outrageously long story and they were oblivious to how they had lost the audience.
The stories or should I say fables(?) you told were a good length, thought provoking, ... and your presentation was very well timed. Also you have a very pleasant voice.

Jo Radner once said, "a powerful story, poorly performed on a public stage, undermines the credibility of the art form". Let's all be working to uphold the reputation of our art!

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Comment by Norah Dooley on May 3, 2009 at 12:41pm
Good work Mei -Lin! You are helping us all when you do so well.

I have always lived and told by the mottos - less is more and leave them wanting more
NOT itching to go. ( Except when talking to friends - then I rock on way too long!)
Far too many tellers, especially for adults - work on a different clock and they would do well to check into the joys of brevity - aka " the soul of wit" ( Shakespeare)


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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