"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

22 April 2011

Freedom Theatre, Jenin Palestine

In 2009 I had the privilege of travelling to the Holy Land with a group of international storytellers. Over the next few weeks we worked alongside Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians - using storytelling as a means of encouraging deeper dialogue with one another.

I was so impressed with the commitment and passion for peace on both sides. I met many like Juliano Mer Khamis, whose passion for freedom and peace was leading a new generation of children toward a better, more positive life.

Sadly, Juliano was murdered a couple of weeks ago. A friend of mine from Palestine informed me and asked that we open our hearts to his vision and to the challenges that remain. I wanted to highlight this video produced, directed, shot and cut by Ben Aylsworth, Lisa Fender, Tareq, Mustafa, Ahmed and Muhammed. May it be a tribute to Juliano and the children of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin and a reminder of the importance their (and our) stories. The expression of our stories is a fundamental right and cannot be silenced.

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09 April 2011

Remembering Storyteller Brother Blue

Everytime I see or hear Brother Blue perform, I am inspired. He was a very special human being--like we all are--and he is sorely missed. I wish I had met him, but his story lives on.

08 April 2011

The Power of Words

Shot in Glasgow, this short film illustrates the power of words to radically change your message and your effect upon the world. At Purplefeather we provide powerful, optimised web content to get you noticed online. Homage to Historia de un letrero, The Story of a Sign by Alonso Alvarez Barreda Music by: Giles Lamb http://sonicdesignagency.wordpress.com Filmed by Glasgow-based www.redsnappa.com Director Seth Gardner

01 April 2011

The Call of Story



The Call of Story examines the power of storytelling through six of America's finest storytellers as they share powerful family tales. Each story is framed by a short testimonial explaining the narrator's impressions and feelings about the significance of story in their family lives. Approximately an hour in length.

Testimonials

"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

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