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

20 June 2014

Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Alette Willis

Storyteller Alette Willis
Born in the UK, brought up in Canada, and now living in Edinburgh, Scotland, Alette Willis is a world-class storyteller.

She was awarded a PhD in Human Geography from Carleton University in Ottawa in 2008 and later moved to Edinburgh where she works as a narrative researcher and teacher at Edinburgh University's Dept of Counselling and Psychotherapy. "My research," she explains, "focuses on how people use narratives to give meaning to their lives and to make ethical choices, both in crisis moments and everyday life."

In July 2014 she teams up with storyteller and psychologist Steven Killick to host the colloquium "Storytelling in Health and Well-Being" at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales in association with the Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival.

Alette's also an award-winning author, winning the 2011 Kelpie Prize for Fiction for the novel How To Make a Golem (and Terrify People) (Floris Books).

In addition to her academic and writing talents, Alette is a creative and engaging storyteller with strong interests in the environment and ecology. She's been a regular contributor to the Royal Botanical Gardens "Talking Trees" storytelling project and has taken part in numerous science festivals where she uses story to explain cosmological concepts.

You can learn more about Alette and her work by visiting http://restoryingtheearth.com/ and http://www.nutshell-videos.ed.ac.uk/alette-willis-researching-stories/. . . .
. . . and, of course, listen in to our conversation on The Teller and the Tale where you'll hear Alette share a story about the little creatures that hold our universe together! It all starts this Sunday June 22nd at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12 noon BST (UK/Ireland). You can also listen again on Tuesday June 24th at 8pm EST and 1am BST and on Thursday June 26th at 4pm EST and 9pm BST. All of this storytelling magic on Blues and Roots Radio. Simply go to www.bluesandrootsradio.com and click on the "Listen Live" button. Sit back and enjoy.
And if you miss it or want to listen again, you can always go to my blog at http://michaelwilliamsstoryteller.blogspot.com and catch up. You'll also find my previous shows and learn what I'm up to in the world of storytelling.

In the meantime, please go to the Teller and the Tale Facebook site and "Like" us and leave us a message.

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13 June 2014

The Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Tracey Milliner

Storyteller Tracey Milliner
Next week on The Teller and the Tale, my guest storyteller will be Tracey Milliner. Tracey was born and raised in London, England. She grew up surrounded by a nurturing Jamaican community and has deep roots in the music and story of that culture.

However, her interests also branch into English and Celtic cultures. These different cultures intersect in her storytelling and writing. She has recently developed a children's character "Rastapixie", a mixed-race little girl from a Rastafarian background who travels to the land of the pixies to earn her wings. Tracey hopes the story will develop into a series of children's books. Judging from the writing and the illustrations I've seen we'll soon be seeing and enjoying her books soon.
Tracey Milliner's Rastapixie

When Tracey isn't busy writing, she can often be found singing and DJ-ing. Her family is musical and those influences have rubbed off on her-- funk, hip-hop, soul, Soca, African and, of course, reggae are all part of her repertoire. She's also a singer-songwriter too.

Learn more about Tracey and "Rastapixie" at www.traceymilliner.com or 'Like' her Facebook page at facebook.com/rastapixie.Rastapixie

Listen to my conversation with Tracey and hear her first "Rastapixie" story on The Teller and the Tale, starting Sunday June 15th at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12noon BST (UK/Ireland), Tuesday June 17th at 8pm EST (Canada/US) and 1am (Wed) BST (UK/Ireland), and Thursday June 19th at 4pm EST (Canada/US) and 9pm BST (UK/Ireland).

Teller and the Tale on Blues and Roots Radio. Go to www.bluesandrootradio.com and click on "Listen Live".

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.

01 June 2014

Teller and the Tale with Margot Henderson

Margot Henderson is a Scots-Irish poet and storyteller, Her background lies in community education, integrative art therapy, creative writing and storytelling theatre. She has trained in both Shamanic and Buddhist traditions. Since 2002 Margot has been storytelling Fellow for Aberdeen and Writer in Residence for the Cromarty Arts Trust. She teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Creative Writing and is a Cultural Creative specialist with Nature Culture Scotland.

Sunday 1 June 2014 at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12 noon BST (UK/Ireland) -- Tuesday 3 June 2014 at 8pm EST and 1am BST -- Thursday 5 June 2014 at 4pm EST and 9pm BST

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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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