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

25 February 2014

Teller and the Tale Radio Shows

Since the summer of 2013, I've recorded fifteen episodes of the popular storytelling radio show The Teller and the Tale. Each episode features a storyteller from Scotland. We learn a little about their lives, listen to a story that they bring to the show, and talk about their passion for storytelling and its importance in the world today.

The shows are broadcast by Blues and Roots Radio, an Internet radio station based near Toronto in Canada. It's owned by Stevie and Anne Connor. Stevie originally comes from Scotland and loves all things Celtic. He and Anne are great promoters of Celtic folk, trad, blues, singer-songwriter music in Ontario Canada. Stevie is also a wonderful piper. Each show gets an airing three times a week -- Sunday at 7am (EST Canada/US) and 12noon (UK), Tuesday at 8pm (EST) and 1am (Wed in UK) and finally on Friday at 4pm (EST) and 9pm (UK).

While our listeners are mainly based in the US, Canada and the UK, we've had folk contact us from as far away as India, Australia and even a tiny island in the South Pacific!

For a limited time several shows are available to listen to again on my blog (michaelwilliamsstoryteller.blogspot.com). Simply click on the 'Radio' link, scroll down the page to the player and enjoy a half-hour of storytelling from some of Scotland's best storytellers.

NEWS: Stay tuned for new shows featuring world-class storytellers from Scotland and beyond, including the US, Canada, India, Australia and elsewhere. Why not subscribe to my blog and be kept up to date on new shows. And don't forget to like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheTellerAndTheTale.

20 February 2014

Heroic Journey: Transforming Personal Experience

Dante and Virgil entering the woods by William Blake
I'd like to bring your attention an upcoming storytelling workshop which I'm facilitating as part of the Edinburgh International Middle Eastern Festival of Spirituality and Peace. It will be held on Sunday March 9th at St Augustine Church on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland. Contact details are included below to register for the workshops.

1. Event: Afternoon Workshop: Heroic Journey: Transforming Personal Experiences.

Facilitator: Dr Michael Williams is a professional storyteller, story coach & mentor and a narrative consultant.
Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Sunday 9 March 2014.
Time: Registration: 3.15pm-3.30pm. Afternoon Workshop: 3.30pm-6pm.
Event Description:  As soon as we have an experience, our brains are busy digesting the event and processing it so that it can be stored as memory and shared as a relevant and meaningful narrative in the future. Yet often we struggle to make sense of our experiences, we find it difficult to express or find meaning in them. We know we have a story to tell, but we find it difficult to weave our words and images into a coherent and creative narrative.

This workshop invites you to explore a personal experience and transform it into a compelling story using a mythical framework and some basic storytelling skills and techniques. No previous experience of storytelling necessary. Simply bring an open mind, open heart and a willingness to enjoy yourself and others.

Early registration is encouraged. Contact Neill Walker at mesp2014@hotmail.co.uk or call 0131-331-4469. More info at http://www.eicsp.org/events/event-details/130-mesp-2014-main-events.

19 February 2014

When the Songs and Stories Die

"When the Song Dies" is a short film by Jamie Chambers. It's message is stark and simple -- when the songs and stories are forgotten so dies the culture. Chambers' film explores the meaning and significance of song and story in Scottish culture.

"In Scotland, folk songs serve as memories, of places and the dead who once inhabited them. Exploring the theme of change, When the Song Dies seeks to bring the audience under the captive spell of the old ways. Featuring a range of contributors, the film is a poignant reminder that the dead linger on, all around us, in the houses and landscapes we live in, and in the language and music of our culture.

Whilst Scottishness is at the heart of the film, this story is as universal as it is specific. It is the story of a culture that is, like so many, in danger of fading from human memory."

John and Michael - short animated film

Came across this short animated film from the National Film Board of Canada. The story touched me and I just love the artwork and music. I felt this was a good example of a healing story.

Click on the link if you can't see the embedded video below.

Hope you enjoy it.



17 February 2014

New shows and storytellers at The Teller and the Tale

Since July 2013, I've had the pleasure of interviewing a dozen Scottish storytellers for my show The Teller and the Tale. The show is broadcast three times a week on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.ca) based near Toronto Canada.

As an Internet station, the show can be heard around the world; in fact, listeners have written in from as far away as India, Australia and the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. The feedback has been positive and encouraging and while I will continue to feature Scottish storytellers, I'll soon be reaching out to include storytellers from our global village.

In the meantime, click on the 'Radio' link and catch up on some of the new shows featuring such guest storytellers as Roger the Rabbit animator Roger Way, therapeutic storyteller Elly Stuart, poet and Highland storyteller Margot Henderson, award-winning children's author Janis Mackay, and more.

And if you're a storyteller with a story to share, please get in touch with me. Contact.



"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.

Kamink: the little boy who grew into a giant of a man

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