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GUEST,Northerner How to handle criticism? (134* d) RE: How to handle criticism? 15 Jun 07

Thank you all.

I always say I am going to tell a story, so there is no doubt about that. I always keep to a length that fits in with the programme (that is to say, no more than the length of two songs on a singaround night). I have never repeated my stories in the same club - always use new material. Mike, I hope to do some voluntary work with the elderly and I expect my sung material to play a significant part in that. I am a singer as well as a storyteller.

Having chatted to one club organiser last night he is very happy to see me perform at his club as he likes to see diversity at his club, and so he is happy to see spoken word alongside songs and music.

Interesting chatting to one performer who is not so happy with my stories though. Problem seems to be that this particular performer is not very imaginative - he rarely reads fiction apparently. So he has difficulty going into the worlds that I create. He is polite and friendly. I don't like all the performances that I see at a folk club - if most people enjoy a performance of mine then that is what I go with. I will chat this particular concern through with an experienced storyteller and see if they have any ideas on an approach. I had suspected that this might be the case but that doesn't make it any easier to resolve.

Got my copy of "Storylines" from the Society for Storytelling this morning. Some interesting articles including one that talks about storytelling in folk clubs. Worth another read...

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