If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Invitation, by Shel Silverstein
I have been very bad at keeping these up to date. I hereby pledge to ensure that each Open Storytelling session gets at least a brief write up within a few days!
Well, last night’s session was a cracker! I arrived to find two new faces sat waiting, having searched for local storytelling events out of curiousity… and shortly after the first tale we were joined, purely on spec, by two customers from the pub restaurant area who were visiting from Leicestershire. Both couples stayed the pace to the end of the evening, so with my daughter making an audience of listeners of five, and tellers Jim, Paul, Craig and Adam, we had a nice little group.
Adam kicked of the evening with a tale from his forthcoming one man performance currently under preparation for the Haworth Festival in June. This was a westernisation of a south east Asian Buddhist teaching tale, relocated to the outskirts of some unnamed European forest.
We then had a short (or perhaps more appropriately a tall!) tale from Jim concerning Brussel sprouts, the origins of Dragons and the naming of “Sent” George’s day. Paul delivered up a modern twist on a traditional theme of The Singing Bone or The Twa Sisters, in which a murdered girls bones are made in to the keys of a piano that eventually exposes the murderer. Craig read a short story of double identity.
A second round of tales followed in which Adam recounted the tale of the Old Woman and the Twelve Books of Wisdom, an old traditional Italian tale and one which, again, will be incorporated into his festival performance. Jim’s second tale was something of a Shaggy Dog story about two train drivers from the age of steam and their pre-occupation with the afterlife.
Paul told the tale of King Herla, his encounter with the King of the Dwarves and the origins of the Wild Hunt, while Craig took us further still into the mysts of antquity with a reconstructed Indo-European creation myth.
The evening finished with Adam delivering his (if not anyone else’s!) old favourite, Truth and Story.