Once upon a time we were all storytellers...
Before TV, radio, sound systems and films we created our own entertainment. At times of celebration we gathered together with the family or the community and entertained each other with songs, music and storytelling.
The further back we go in time the more splendid we were at storytelling. Before the printing press and published books, in preliterate times, the storyteller fired the imagination of the people. Then, we would gather around the hearth and thrill and entertain each other with all manner of tales.
The storyteller’s art was in the meeting of eyes; it was expressed through the language of gesture, and the colour and music of the speaking voice. His or her art unfolded in the space between storyteller and audience. And it still does today.
For, since the late 1980s, the magical art of storytelling has been making a comeback. Free of the written page, it rekindles a sense of community and enables us to share the imaginative life together as it did for our ancestors. It gives us the necessary psychic and soul nourishment to face the world. Telling tales in company with others gives us the juice for our everyday lives.
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