When I heard this topic suggested by Anne and Alberto, I was intrigued and also not sure how I might go about presenting it to the group. Where to start? Storytelling has come to mean such a lot of things!
My first thoughts had me reflecting on the heritage of oral storytelling, particularly the variety of traditional stories we grow up with. I also started thinking about people I know who are great at the skill of telling a spoken story. Then my mind jumped to how all modern entertainment, including films, games, t.v. and adverts all use storytelling to deliver a message or way of seeing the world. Finally, I found myself pondering the many ways that psychologically, spiritually and culturally, we tell ourselves stories all the time, about who we are, where we come from and what the meaning of this often confusing thing called life is.
I had no clue how to weave these thoughts and more into a brief intro. Instead I chose to start the session with the beginning of a poem called The Storyteller by Mike Jones. I followed this with a couple of simple questions, trusting that the group would perform its usual magic and inspire each other and me into deeper reflections which we could then connect through. The following blog is a testament to the group’s magic which I was right to trust, what great storytellers they all are and how yes, I am truly grateful to know them.Continue reading “Great Storytellers We Have Known”