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

06 June 2014

Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Karen Gummo

Storyteller Karen Gummo

Karen Gummo lives in Calgary, Alberta in Canada. She is a storyteller and visual artist and has been a dedicated listener and lover of story for all of her days. Since 1986 she has been sharing favourite tales with willing audiences. Her Danish and Icelandic heritage provide her with countless sagas of the Vikings and of the humble folk of Scandinavia. Family members have been generous too in sharing tales of their adventures and so Karen continues to honour and to hone those remarkable stories.
Karen is very much involved in her local storytelling community. She's been instrumental in organising World Storytelling Day events and has been a long-standing member of both T.A.L.E.S. (The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling) and the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada). She's be attending the latter's annual conference in July 2014 at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

3 Questions for Karen

Who or what called you to storytelling?
My inner need to share joy and love with others; a deep love of story instilled by my parents and a need to time travel and find out who I am; the witnessing of the power of listening circles to give voice to all and the low barrier of entry into the art – find a story you love and a willing listener...
What was the last story you performed or told?
My own personal tale of how the Dragon had possessed me to be a fool for storytellling! Before that it was the tale of Sigurd and Fafnir from the Volsung Saga.
Who's your favourite storyteller?
Too difficult to pick only one. I would say Bonnie Logan because she joins us through love to laugh deeply at ourselves.
Listen to Karen Gummo in conversation with host Michael Williams on the Teller and the Tale beginning Sunday June 8th at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12noon BST (UK/Ireland), Tuesday June 10th at 8pm EST (Canada/US) / Wed 1am BST (UK/Ireland) and Thursday June 12th 4pm EST (Canada/US) and 9pm BST (UK/Ireland). Check out Blues and Roots Radio for times in your area and for other great programmes.

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

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

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