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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
9:22 pm
Story Sources
I haven't been terribly active in promoting the community so far, partly due to a natural inclination towards procrastination and partly due to moving house. Feel free to go forth and recruit if you're so inclined.

I though we could open with a bit of chat about how you find your stories. Do you make up your own? Are you a collector or myths and legends? Does any particular culture call to you? Do you prefer stories which are completely fictitious or do you like to base things in fact?

This one is open to the non-storytellers too, or to those who are storytellers but prefer the written word. How do you start the process of creating a story?

My personal preference is for ghost stories, ideally ghost stories that I can link with actual historical events. I've sought out ghost stories and tales of the Wee Folk for as long as I can remember. When dealing with children, I like to use traditional Scottish fairy stories - trust me, you don't want your child telling you there are fairies at the bottom of the garden if you know the tales I learned when I was little!

Most of my stories retain the basic structure of the stories I remember from childhood, but I add my own touches to personalise it. The fairies often acquire little chants that get repeated throughout the story, which I find to be a good way of encouraging audience participation. I mess around with stories in my head until I find the right rhythm for certain sections, and I'll write down any nice alliteration or onomatopoeia that I want to keep. Then I just hope that I recall these things next time I actually tell the story!

How about you?
Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
6:44 pm
Upcoming Storytelling Events: December
I'm dealing with Scotland only at the moment, being Scottish and living in Scotland and everything. For information about other parts of the country, check out www.storytelling-diary.co.uk.

01-Dec-06 ABERDEEN First Friday Fling 1st Fri "Earth Fire and Water" 7.30pm £3 Donation City Church Gilcomstone Park Rd Rosemount www.grampianstorytellers.org.uk Jackie Ross 013398 86039 gas_story@hotmail.com

09-Dec-06 GLASGOW Even Better Crack Club 2nd Sat 10.00am £1 Lansdowne Church Ewan 01506 847935

12-Dec-06 FALKLAND Fife No' Bad Crack Club 2nd Tue 7.30pm £2 Burgh Lodge Wendy 1334840234 unpluggedstory@aol.com

13-Dec-06 PERTH Scotland Fair Cracking Club 2nd Wed 7.30pm £2.50 A. K. Bell Library Wendy 01334 840234 unpluggedstory@aol.com

29-Dec-06 EDINBURGH The Guid Crack Club Last Fri 7.30pm £2.50 Waverley Bar St Mary's Street Joanne Brunner 0131 5575724

There's also a training course taking place at The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow:

Storytelling Training Course
Practical storytelling skills

For all people involved with children of school age.
Dates: 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January 2007
Venue: The Village Storytelling Centre
Cost: £100 for the 4 sessions.
Email admin@thevillageonline.org.uk for more information.
3:05 pm
Welcome to spokenstories! I'm Jen, maintainer, moderator and tyrant-in-chief. I've been telling stories to an unsuspecting public for about five years now, mostly as a tour guide but briefly as a children's party entertainer. It's amazing how well children react to party entertainers who dress up as 17th century plague victims. Now, after a few months away from guiding, I am missing my storytelling and looking to refresh my skills and put them to use.

The purpose of this community is to talk about all aspects of oral storytelling, from its traditional uses to its uses in modern society, from performing technique to the stories themselves. I may offer regular discussion topics, it depends on how we're doing for members and how energetic I'm feeling at the time. Its secondary function is as a diary of storytelling events. I keep an eye on what's going on in the UK in general, Scotland in particular (since I'm based in Edinburgh). If you would like to contribute by letting us know what's going on in your area, please do!
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