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

31 December 2012

Goodbye 2012! Hello New Year!

What a treat to finish the year with a performance last Friday night at the Guid Crack Club in Edinburgh where I was the featured storyteller.

After a lovely introduction from host Claire Druett, I entered the world of my childhood and shared a story of Christmas Eve with my Uncle Arnold. It was all about an amazing pig named Chester. Bit of truthful recollection mixed with some 'shaggy dog (er...pig)' fun. Later, I paid tribute to my musician grandfather Ron Wicken with a story of the night he brought Santa Claus home after a gig, except that Santa turned out to be none other than . . .  (that would be giving the story away). It was also a tribute to my younger brother David who triggered the memory of the events. Finally, I told the tale of French poet Robert Desnos whose imagination circumvented death and reminded us of the power of story. We finished the night with some fortune telling and a rousing rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne' in true Scottish fashion.

It's been a great year and I want to thank all those who gave me the opportunity to share my and their passion for storytelling. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming year. Thanks for listening and sharing your stories. Long may that continue.

"A story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart." Scottish proverb

1 comment:

  1. So enjoyed this evening of storytelling. The lighting needs attention though.



"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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