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

26 March 2014

Let's Ask the Storyteller -- Alex Miller

"Let's Ask the Storyteller" is a new feature, whereby I ask listeners of my radio show The Teller and the Tale to send me questions to ask of my storytelling guests.

Storyteller Alex Miller
Alex Miller is a young storyteller from Aberdeen. He works in schools teaching music and singing to children. He's also involved in projects outside schools which enable young people to experience singing in choirs.

The Questions:

1. Who or what called you to storytelling?
"A fabulous course at Emerson College called 'Turning Straw into Gold' with Marianna deCroes, focusing on the therapeutic and educational benefits of storytelling for children. The whole holistic experience of this course lit a belief within me that I had stories worth sharing as well as having the inner confidence to be able to help others connect with their inner story."

2. What was the last story you told or performed?
"An interactive children's story about train journeys called 'Coffee, Coffee'."

3. Who's your favourite storyteller?
"My good friend, John Wilson, who has a wonderful way with words, speaks with such passion and insight, and is fascinated by the power of rituals and indigenous pathways into story."

Listen again to Alex on the Teller and the Tale by clicking here.

The Teller and the Tale on Blues and Roots Radio every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. Go to www.bluesandrootsradio.net for more details.

12 March 2014

"Narrative Approach to Transformational Leadership" Workshop, 16 March 2014

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 16 March 2014.

Time: Registration: 3.15pm-3.30pm. Afternoon Workshop: 3.30pm-6pm.

Event Description: Based on his recent work with the Aberdeen Leadership Forum, professional storyteller and coach Michael Williams invites you to explore your leadership qualities through the framework of story. Integrate your personal narrative with that of your community, your family, your workplace or an organisation to which you belong to create a powerful narrative of leadership. Using basic storytelling techniques, mythical thinking, and active dialogue, participants will have an opportunity to improve their communication skills, bolster their confidence, and deepen their understanding of their leadership qualities. Be the leader you want to be. Take control of your story and inspire others.

The workshop is part of Edinburgh's International Middle Eastern Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Learn more at www.eicsp.org.

"Petite Ceilidh" at East Whins, Findhorn Scotland

Join us for a traditional 'petite ceilidh' in the old Scots tradition where people gather to tell stories, sing songs, play music, recite poetry and enjoy friendship. What a wonderful way to celebrate the return of Spring.

Sunday 23 March 2014, 3:30pm - 5pm. Sunshine Room, East Whins, Findhorn, Scotland.

If you would like to perform your piece, contact Janelle (01343 850099) or Michael (01309 690198 or iamthestoryteller@gmail.com).

Donations will be gratefully received. Thank you.

04 March 2014

Journeys with M.E.

12 MAY 2014 (International M.E. Awareness Day)
"Journeys with ME: a story sharing workshop and film screening event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland
Workshop - 1:30-4:30pm Monday May 12th
Film Screening - 7pm-9pm Monday May 12th

We'll be celebrating and sharing the story of M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome through a series of short videos created by members of the Action for M.E. Digital Storytelling Project.

Over the past year, a group of participants with M.E. or who have suffered with the illness in Edinburgh and Fort William attended workshops facilitated by Michael Williams and Paul Maguire to learn basic storytelling and video skills. With the help of Michael and Paul, each created a short video sharing the story of their M.E. experience. Later, a number of the participants created a second project working more independently.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre and Action for M.E. have teamed up to host an afternoon workshop for sufferers of M.E. entitled "Journeys with ME. Facilitators Michael Williams and Kate Craik will encourage participants to share their story with others through the art of storytelling.

In the evening, there will be a showing of the group's short films followed by a Q&A opportunity with the film-makers and the facilitators of the Digital Storytelling Project.

To book contact the Scottish Storytelling Centre athttp://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/courses-and-workshops or call 0131 556 9579.


"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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