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GUEST,Northerner Storytelling at folk clubs (36) RE: Storytelling at folk clubs 23 Feb 07

Hi all!!

Thank you for all of your comments!!!

I feel more comfortable about my storytelling following my floor spot last night. I opted for just one song instead of a story as there was a hot spot later in the evening so I thought short material was better. MC introduced me as the storyteller, whereupon I duly explained that I wasn't doing a story that night. There was a big AW! from the crowd, disappointed. Said I was going to do a chorus song instead and they all went AH! So, it's only some individuals who aren't keen on stories. Had a word with the club organiser and he said to continue wth the stories - he's very keen on my doing them - and to just ignore the gentleman's comments.

I'll try and reply to some of the comments - apologies if I don't reply to everyone individually.

Bernard - I try to get the age thing right, but am probably not perfect at it yet. I do try to get the length right but probably do sound too long sometimes - mainly because audiences aren't used to stories I think. I aim for 5-10 minutes so that I will fit into a floor spot. Am probably nearer 10 minutes with many of the stories now. I do try to time them so that I don't run over a slot.

WYSIWYG - I have done several sessions as volunteer at a local school, and the children loved them!! I have more voluntary work waiting for me to do. I haven't really done a bad session anywhere - it's just a case of a few individuals finding stories hard to get into
. This is still something that I need to resolve but everything else is very encouraging. I had really got feedback from the workshops that I've just done.

Thank you katlaughing. Mixing genres really interests me. One of the masterclasses I've just attended was specifically on intertwining song and story.

Hi Mr Red!! I don't use paper at all. I make a point of including humour and try to make them entertaining. I have personalised a story on occasion. I try to keep to 5-10 minutes.

Thank you Bee. Yes, most of that is pretty much what I would go along with. Thank you for the story.

Hi Ray!!! Not sure if I'll get to all of Saltburn this year as there is a workshop that interests me. Hope to make it for Sunday though. Am already booked into my B & B for Whitby though - hope to see you there!!

Hi The Villan! Thanks for the story!

Hi bubblyrat!! Not sure if I'll manage Sidmouth. I know Taffy though - I am hoping that he will be mentoring me.

Hi eanjay!! I never, ever read a story. At a local event recently an actor was reading two stories to the children. It was a complete switch-off.

Jim Lad - libraries won't use me as a volunteer - in spite of my being professionally trained as a librarian. However, I do intend to approach them for paid work eventually.

Thank you Jim Carroll. I make a point of going to see good storytellers at various festivals. I am being supported by Stanley Robertson.

Thank you mg. That's an interesting viewpoint and it may be behind some resistance that I meet. Personally I'm all for diversity in an evening's entertainment. I do sing so it's only a lack of time in floor spots that prevents me from doing both in the same evening. I do hope to start a storytelling circle in the area eventually. I generally only tell a story once a month at a club so I don't think that's excessive. I also had a time at a club where it was normal to have stories told occasionally - I used to live in Aberdeen and hear Stanley Robertson performing there. I'm actually quite passionate about integrating genres.

Hi burl!! Thanks for the info on the magazine.

Thank you all. I have some food for thought!! I'll keep you posted on my progress.

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