“They say that First Man sent Coyote to discover the source of the dawn. The first thing he did was to steal two of Water Monster’s children, keeping them tucked under his arm while great flood ravaged the land, but that certainly isn’t the worst thing he did.
First Man gave him the name Coyote, which ruffled his fur the wrong way, so he renamed him First Angry, which, in the end, he accepted, and went on his way. It was after that, however, that he stole the polestar, which First Man and First Woman had laid out on the piece of blue velvet; then tried to steal the sun, but it was too hot to hold on his tongue, and he had to spit it out. (from Tunkashila…a Mythological Saga of Native Americans)
The tales of the fool have probably been told since people began to gather together and live in one place, but the way we treat the fool , and the story of the fool differs between cultures. The Native Americans and many other aboriginals treated their ‘fools’ as special, with the gift to bring humour and much needed laughter to the tribe. In the west we often had a different approach to ‘fools’.
On March 22nd we, at StoryTelling Corner honour April 1st and all ‘fools’.
StoryTelling Corner Is A Huge Success….says the audience.
Storytelling returned to Leamington on Thursday 25th January at Slate Art Gallery with the three compelling storytellers, Julie Goddard, Stephanie Summers and Jo Howarth, entertaining and educating an audience ranging from our youngest ever visitor under six to two of our stalwarts let’s say, over 60.
The evening began with socialising in the creative interior of Slate Art Gallery with wine, beer and snacks provided by the gallery-owner Kate Livingston. The art on show for the final week was a series of nudes, by Neil Moor entitled ‘Sympathetic Magic'
Kate told us that although each portrait showed a single nude figure, the artist purposely mixed up the body parts from different models to emphasise womanhood rather than one woman. This theme tied in perfectly with our aim to provide equality of opportunity for female storytellers. The aura of creative art and compelling stories was created with that first half hour as the storytellers and the audience mixed and got to know each other.
The evening was opened with a welcome from Ernie Boxall who delivered a short monologue on an experience which, spread over some forty years, led him to believe it was a historic connection to Kenilworth Castle which led to ‘How I Got Here’.
Our first storyteller, Julie Goddard, educated us with her knowledge of bronze age Briton…and the myth of ‘What the Romans did for us!’ Roads, language, art and community were all established long before the Romans defeated the various tribes scattered across the country. Julie has the ability to bring the stories of the past into our times by linking her own life-experiences-being continually told she shouldn’t follow her dreams or that her grades made success in her chosen field almost impossible. Julie ended the evening being asked about her business ‘Woodgate Consulting’ helping people ‘be the best they can be.’
Julie’s takeaway lesson is: “You are the heroine of your own quest. Listen to your supporting characters wisely-we all need people who challenge as well as champion us!”
Stephanie Summer, the owner of Zoubisou in Leamington amazed us all with her story of how her early life-experiences were almost perfectly set up to allow her to become a successful, published author of a series of eight books under the title ‘Indigo Lost’ following the story of a female with some extraordinary powers, a little like Stephanie herself who combines prolific writing with the long hours running her business. Stephanie closed the evening signing all the books she sold on the evening.
Finally, it was an honour and privilege to have Jo ‘Happiness’ Howard drive down from Liverpool to deliver an inspirational, and sometimes the tear-inducing story of an actress who was often ‘resting’ and was in a relationship which certainly wasn’t making her ‘happy’. Over the next twenty minutes, Jo used her story, her experience and her exuberance to show us the happiness involved in making a cup of tea.
Jo’s Take Away Lesson: “Happiness is a choice we are all capable of making every day, regardless of the difficulties we might be facing!”
Ernie closed the event by thanking everyone for supporting StoryTelling Corner especially Rich Amore Wilks for his professional production of audio/video content. Rich honoured us by being the main storyteller at or November event with his tales of climbing and adventuring around the world.
Special thanks go to Simmie Korotane for her PR and her enthusiasm for StoryTelling Corner. Simmie has been invaluable over the last five months as we have grown from inception to our first steps. (Perhaps also a thank you to Simmie’s Mom Nim…who came along for her first visit to our venue before flying back home.
Our next StoryTelling Corner is on Thursday 22nd March at Slate Art Gallery and the theme ‘April Fool’. So, are you a storyteller…are you a female storyteller who could entertain us for twenty-minutes…are you a male with a story to make people laugh.