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

23 May 2014

Teller and the Tale with former animator, philosopher and storyteller Roger Way

Animator and storyteller Roger Way
Roger grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Canada's capital city Ottawa. Blessed with some artistic talent, he left school and fell in with Ottawa's local film community. Later he moved to Montreal where he got involved with the National Film Board and such artists as Bill Mason and Blake James.

During the mid-60s Roger moved to London, England where he landed a job as an assistant animator with the director Richard Williams. Roger worked on such films as Williams' neglected classic "The Thief and the Cobbler" and Robert Zemekis' "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". I caught up with him at the Ramnee Hotel in Forres, Scotland.

Roger loves to share stories of those days and to philosophise about life. He now makes his home in the north of Scotland where he's an elder of the Findhorn Community. I'm proud to call him a friend.

Catch the show on Blues and Roots Radio on Sunday May 25th at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12noon BST (UK/Ireland) and again on Tuesday May 27th at 8pm EST and 1am (Wed) BST and once more on Thursday at 4pm EST and 9pm BST. After that you can come back to my blog at michaelwilliamsstoryteller.blogspot.co.uk and listen again to the show.

(This programme was first broadcast at the end of August 2013.)

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"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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